Patterns are winging their way to excited quiltalong participants as I type. There are even a few photos in the flickr pool! When you receive your pattern, be sure to share a picture there so I can enter you in our first sponsored giveaway for a FQ pack of Across the Pond by Cloud 9 Organics courtesy of Flare Fabrics! That draw will take place on August 15th.
If you've opened your pattern, or made any other Denyse Schmidt projects, then you know her method involves making plastic templates for all of the pattern pieces. You are welcome to follow those instructions, however, I'll show you the faster 'no mark' method that I used to construct my Blackbird Fly quilt.
While you ponder fabric and proverb/word selections, you could also gather up these supplies, which we'll use to make our letters. If you've been quilting for a little while, chances are you've already got all of these items (but if you're like me and my sewing space, it may take a moment to actually locate them. Ahem).
- Freezer Paper: find it in the "food wrap" section of your supermarket
- mini-iron: I have a Clover, but there are many on the market. This will save your fingers from burns and be very handy on your....
- mini pressing/cutting station: set this up beside your machine so you can cut and press on the go without having to get up after every seam. A small cutting board beside your machine and a regular ironing board lowered down beside you (perpendicular to your sewing table) so you can press from a seated position will work, too!
- a fine point Sharpie marker to trace the template shapes from the pattern page (these don't smudge or seep under the ruler edge).
- a 1" x 6" ruler with 1/4" markings for tracing template shapes and using as a straight edge for cutting fabric pieces
- a 18 mm rotary cutter for cutting fabric pieces. This is a much safer size for using with a small ruler.
That's it! Six things! I'm counting on the fact that you've got the sewing machine covered already.
I'll be taking a little blog break for some family time this week and then the Portland-Seattle-VancouverMQG meet up in Seattle next weekend!! I'll be back the week of the 13th to talk about planning your quilt based on the words you've chosen to piece as well as preparing your freezer paper templates!
If you've got any questions, just leave them in the comments, or in the discussion area of the flickr group.