I have been making quilts for sometimes now and I'm a vivid pinner. I pinned everything before I sewed to make sure that all points meet at the right place, and that took a lot of time. I even pinned jelly roll strips together before sewing. I was that bad!
Two weeks ago I decided to take a quilting class at my local community college. I didn't know the teacher or anything about the class. In the first class, the teacher showed us what we're going to be learning; how to cut with rotary cutter, how to sew scant quarter inch seam, half square triangle, four patch, skinny border...etc. I thought this was going to be very basic and boring but I stayed put and listened on with an open mind. Then the teacher showed us how she sewed a four-patch square together without pinning. No pinning? I was blown away at the thought of not using any pin. I moved closer to her table so I could observe her technique. She also showed us what she called 'swirl the seams' to reduce bulk in the middle. Last night I took her tips to a test and sewed these squares. I almost jumped up and down with glee when I saw the result. The four-patch squares came out perfect without pinning. On top of that, I sewed 16 of these squares in less time than it used to take me.
The piece on the left is what I used to do; ironed the seam to one side. The piece on the right is what I'm doing now. Opening up the seam in the middle reduces the bulk and the square lays flat. Then, I put them together into this.
We have to make 3 of this block for our first assignment - a table runner. Well, to sew this big block, I pinned a little just to keep things in place. I don't know if I would ever be totally freed from pinning, but for now I can say that I was liberated. Thanks to my teacher, Rita. I'm so glad I came to this class and I think it's going to be a very interesting and fun class. Rita said she had all kind of tricks she could show us. I can't wait!
What fun class have you taken lately? Do you learn anything new? I love to read all your comments and thanks for visiting. Have a blessed week!!