Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Improvisational piecing

O.K. maybe it is just me...

Are Tonya's Letters, Buggy Barn, and Stargazey all coming from the "no seam allowance" school of piecing? After trying my buggy barn cats (once) I have been paralyzed...

(I have also been busy with "other stuff, but...)

I need to sit down one day with my book, iron, cutting mat, etc. all set up to work on this project & that just hasn't been happening. And since I don't feel comfy doing it like I do my other piecing - a lot of piecing one day, pressing another, etc. I have not been sewing at all...

Any words of wisdom? pep talk? motivational speaches?

9 comments:

Libby said...

I got nuthin' -- I struggle with these methods and I don't know why. I'll keep an eye here to see if I can gain wisdom, too

Jules said...

I need some wisdom, too. I have a Santa Claus kit all ready to go. I was actually going to take a class, but something happened. Perhaps I was the only idiot to sign up for it...

quiltpixie said...

I don't know about the others you mentioned, but I've worked on Tonya's stuff; in fact I do a lot of the "design as you go" quilting... The best solution I can offer is have a table top ironing board immediately beside your sewing machine -- mine is set up in a corner so I turn my swivel chair without getting up. The cutting board is beside the sewing machine on the other side and again doesn't require me leaving my chair, just swiveling.... A very tight U shape, rather than the more spacious sewing arrangement I like for other types of quilting...

Passionate Quilter said...

yep--all three are loosely based on the same concept--I've done all three and love 'em. It is very different from the traditional methods and quiltpixie has a great idea. Creating a U shaped work center is great if you have a lot of cutting, sewing and pressing ongoing. Come on out to Ohio--I'll help ya!

Katie said...

yup, my set up is just like quilt pixie. Just play and see what happens. If you want some specific letter and get stuck, draw in on paper to look at as a guide. Not happy with what you produce? Make a couple cuts and sew and see what happens. The great thing is nothing is ever wrong.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

For me improvisational piecing takes lots of time, thought and fabric waste! I've tried it some - and it IS fun, but I prefer your style of piecing - lots of cutting one day, sewing the next, ironing later (when Little Boy is sleeping), etc. BUT - I am considering doing a word soon for part of a border... maybe just sticking to smaller projects?

Cheers!

Evelyn

Shelina said...

I think you should follow your heart and make what you want how you want to make it rather than following some trend on what you are supposed to. These improvisional piecing are supposed to make things easier. If they aren't easier for you, go back to the old way, or come up with your own system.
And there is a way to combine these techniques. The quilt I made for my daughter has Stargazy starz, but the rest of it was very traditionally pieced, using triangle paper, no less.

Samantha said...

the hardest part for me is the fabric waste... I get caught up trying to be frugal and compromising my ideas.

floribunda said...

Amy, I've been doing some of Buggy Barn's Crazy Cats and really having fun! When I try to do traditional crazy quilts, I always end up sewing myself into a corner I can't get out of, so the BB style of "controlled crazy" works much better for me. Yeah, there's a little wasted fabric, but I'll live through it!