Sunday, April 6, 2014

Look Ma--No Pins!

I'm still working on my traditional quilt. I just thought I'd share this picture with you.

Now, those of you in the "Quilt Police" will probably find fault in the matching of the seams, but for the vast majority of my friends (and definitely for me) the matches look pretty good. This quilt has a "ton" of seams to match. If I had pinned every one of them, I would have been working on this quilt for months and months. It is NOT an heirloom quilt; it is a scrap quilt. I expect it to be used and loved. That being said, I still expect the workmanship to be good. I did not use a single pin in the construction of this quilt.

"How did you do that?" you might ask. I find that careful pressing (seams pressed in opposite directions) allows for the seams to "snuggle" up to one another. If they are having a "snuggling problem," I use my trusty porcupine quill to push/hold them together. That porcupine quill is indispensable. I have found them at random booths at the Paducah quilt show, and I have purchased them from St. Theresa's Textile Trove. I imagine Becky still has some; contact her here if you are interested. While you are on her website, check out all the other great stuff she has.



Lisa at Greenbow said...

I will have to go look just to see what a porcupine quill looks like in the quilting world. I have seen pq used in jewelry making. hmmmm I think your seams are fine. That being said by someone who is not a perfectionist.

Unknown said...

Looks good to me! I have the same sentiment as you. I want to do a good job but I want it to be well loved. I also love my porcupine quill. I think "Annie's" carry them as well.