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A Linda Hahn quilt design

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by , 08-11-2012 at 12:04 PM (840 Views)
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I did a day course with Linda Hahn on her Junk to Jems pattern at quilt show in Augusta, Maine and made this crib size scrappy quilt that I later backed with Christmas fabric and stitched-in-the-ditch with purple thread. It's made with 4.5inch and 2.5inch squares. Linda doesn't trim the corners of the flying geese triangles in the usual way; she cuts the middle layer only leaving the 4.5inch squares intact as a guide for easy piecing so that if the triangles aren't perfect it doesn't matter much. The only drawbacks I can see is when the triangles are on a darker fabric that might show through and when joining the larger squares there is extra bulk unless you carefully snip off the 'ears'. Linda also encouraged me to eyeball the seams on the flying geese and it was quite easy to do that so there was no need to draw diagonal lines as a guide which sped things up considerably..
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I can see now where squares could have been repositioned to make them match but then it wouldn't have been a truly scrappy quilt. Each time I queried whether some 'mistake' mattered Linda's response was "It's a scrappy
quilt; who cares!". Not me - not now. Linda doesn't like 'matchy matchy' preferring to have similar colors together - so if it reads purple it's good next to any other purple, any green next to any other green of a similar value etc. It certainly stopped me dithering about whether something was 'just right'. It's scrappy; it doesn't have to be 'right'.
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