Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Precision Piecing (or not)

I don't lose sleep worrying about whether my corners all match up perfectly. If I'm sewing something like a Drunkard's Path block, I'll use every pin in the house, but when I'm making most of my quilts, I match up the intersections with my fingertips and hold them in place while I'm sewing. It works fairly well. 

When I made the pink and white Full Blown Quilt Lust, I did it my usual way. A few of the intersections aren't quite right and I started to wonder how much of a difference it would make if I slowed down and used pins.

So I made another one.  In case you missed last week's version, there are 205 pieces in a 7" square, and you can find my tutorial here

Honestly, I'm not convinced. My corners are a little more accurate, but the difference isn't as dramatic as I would have expected for the extra time and fuss. And I wound up with a pucker. In a quilt this tiny, any little pucker is huge! I think it's that center snowball block in the bottom row. 

I absolutely love this itty bitty stippling. It's just fun -- and it flattens puckers into submission. 


Laura said...

I'm an intersection pinner. I like my seams to nest, and it drives me nuts if the seam next to the feed dogs turns the wrong way when I sew. Pinning saves me a lot of ripping. I'm a little CDO (that's OCD in alphabetical order).

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

I like the small stippling too and I don't get excited if my corners aren't perfect. Thanks for sharing.
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Dogwood Lane Rambles said...

There are times I aim for perfection and times when close is good enough. Funny but when I'm obsessing I usually screw up big time so I find it's better to relax and go with the flow. Over time my piecing has gotten so much better and that's because my cutting and pressing has gotten so much better.

LA Paylor said...

A person has to find a balance between matching corners and having fun sewing. LeeAnna Paylor
Not Afraid of Color!

Catherine said...

I never pin because I like to just get on with it! My work is never totally accurate, but I can usually live with it:-)

Richard Healey said...

Love this quilt. Neat design.

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InkkReviews said...

Thanks for linking to Inspired Fridays, I am always a big fan of your quilts and I'm blow away, I so wish I had this skill. Keep up the great work, and I can't wait to see more! thanks for sharing! - Katie @ Inkk


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