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I'm proud of me! Look at my straight pieces!

Old 11-27-2011, 05:09 PM
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Default I'm proud of me! Look at my straight pieces!

This is what I've been doing the last few days. These are strip sets of 5 fabrics, each strip is 1/4" finished, the finished size of the strip set is 1/5". You can see on the right that I've already sub-cut one of the strip sets into 3/4" pieces. I'll then mix them up and put them together to get a mosaic effect of mixed blues and golds.

A year ago I was not able to sew small strip sets like this accurately and consistently. I practiced and employed a few new techniques to both measuring/cutting, and sewing - some gleaned from the great people here on the board, others from the Sally Collins book ("Mastering Precision Piecing" which I call "the primer").

I'm just so proud of these strip sets I had to share with folks who would know how to share my joy!!
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:11 PM
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Very nice job!
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:12 PM
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Way to go! You should be proud!
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:19 PM
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You have done a great job! Accurate cutting and piecing bring quilting to the next level. I am going to look into the book you recommended. I want to be just like you when I grow up :>)
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:20 PM
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You have really been working.
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by quilter711 View Post
I want to be just like you when I grow up :>)
Short and fat?

hee hee .... I got the book and there is also a companion video. I do suggest both. The video is great to see exactly what she's talking about, and the book is great to go back to for the details.

I must confess though that I departed from her technique in one area. After she irons her seams she places them under a ruler then weighs them down to make the seams stay put. I tried this and for the life of me (and I was using two very large, very heavy books) I can't get my seams to behave as well as she does, so I resorted to my old stand-by ... starch. I starch before I cut, and I starch the seams (after I've ironed the seam in place once). They're flat and they stay put.
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:30 PM
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You did an awesome job! Congratulations!
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Are you making a particular project or just working on precision for something in the future? Whichever it is, your work looks fabulous. Please keep us posted!
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You have done a great job and I know what it is like to have trouble with straight sewing. I mark mine a lot of the
time and then try to follow the lines. Extra time. UGH.
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Yeah, isn't it wonderful to look back and know you have picked up skill and improved. Yes Sally Collins book is great.
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