Having recently purchased a Jenny Beyer pattern I decided to go through a couple of books of hers that I’d gotten from a used bookstores. The “Color Confidence for Quilters” book was useful in picking fabric for the pattern I’d purchased (Leonardo), since I opted for purples rather than reds. The other book however had always been a mystery. “Soft-Edge Piecing” she calls it and when first browsing through it I kind of understood but not really.
Yesterday, after purchasing purples at Joanne’s I stopped in at Walmart. They will be doing away with their fabrics as they remodel the stores (the one I was at is slated for January). Anyway, low and behold they had a couple of border fabrics, the type needed for Border piecing and Soft- Edge work. I’m not talking about the border of the quilt here; I’m talking about fabric that repeats the print as if it were a border in somewhat a linear manner. Here is a link to her (Jenny’s) site that shows the type of fabric I mean:
The price was right and I just couldn’t help myself. Yes, you all warned me this would happen so I don’t want to hear any “I told you so” from you.
So here I sit with a two projects in motion and another planned and I’m playing with the notion of trying at least the Border piecing, which she explains in the book as well, if not trying my hand at Soft-Edge.
What scares me is, though I’ve done some appliqué with the Hawaiian pillow quilt that I did, the Soft- Edge work requires a lot of it, and with small pieces. She’s calling for an eighth inch turn allowance, but I just can’t see myself (or trust that I can) do it consistently.
My question is this: How can you insure a consistently small turn without fraying of the bias? I’m thinking I bit off a bit more than I can chew this time, but still want to give it a shot. Anyone familiar with the techniques or could give me advice on this?