Bias Exposed

Yes! The Bias has been Exposed!

I know several quilting friends are not fans of working with triangles. They are so nervous about working with bias triangles.

I also have observed that there are some “famous” well loved and adored quilting personalities that don’t mind exposing the bias to the outside of a quilt block.

Me, I’m not nervous about working with the bias any longer. I decided I was going to conquer this fear along time ago! I love working with triangles.

Just how do you deal with this pesky little wavy stretchy situation?

Here is what I have learned…the hard way, lol

Don’t pull or tug the fabric, it will stretch. That distorts your unit and increases the size

Pin! It only takes a second to pin. What pins do I use? Glass head pins with a skinny needle shaft and they are SHARP!!  Don’t use pins that you have to force through the fabric. It is worth your time to purchase nice sharp skinny(narrow) shaft pins. The thicker pins, use them for denim, upholstery and other heavy fabrics.

Spray Starch: before you cut your unit, go ahead and spray your fabric with your favorite spray starch. Spray the fabric, let the starch rest on the fabric for a few seconds. When you first spray the starch (over spray…spray too much) it will act like water. Meaning, if you immediately place your iron on the fabric to dry the starch, it will stretch your fabric. So let the starch rest for a few seconds, then iron.

I was working on a block this morning, an eight pointed star…the center looks great, but I noticed my star intersections were not perfect. I must have stretched the fabric somehow 🙁 Yep, working with the bias! I know better, I got in a hurry and was not careful.  Can you see where my mistakes are?

I can see them.

The fabric is sure pretty though!

Time to get moving and get busy on the next project, this one will have to wait.

Happy Quilting everyone!

Nancy McNally

 

Midnight Mystery Quilt Along

Back in the late summer of 2017 I came up with an idea that I presented to the producer of Annie’s Creative Studio (ACS), Midnight Mystery Quilt Along. My idea happened through the individual blocks that I would be filming on how to piece. There was 36 blocks for me to choose from. Well, let me start over…

The producer, Laura (whom I adore!) offered me a position for the new program ACS instructor. A video instructor. I was given a list of 36 blocks that I could pick and choose the order in which I wanted to video tape for ACS. Great! I was in. She had also given me other projects to video tape too. I will discuss those in another blog.

As I was reviewing each block, I thought, “why do quilters make 1 block…let alone 36 blocks and not have a project that these blocks could be included in? What is a quilter going to do with 36 blocks that do not go together, are connected by some type of color theme?”These blocks would just sit in a drawer or bin….I need to figure something out. I wanted ACS to be successful.

I presented an idea to Laura: A Mystery Quilt. I would combine X amount of blocks with a theme. Something that would bring them together.

Ah! A skill builders quilt.

Now, it has to have something that brings all the blocks together…color scheme

Next, there has to be something unique in the middle…a center medallion…a unique center that is created by bringing 2 blocks together.

Laura loved the idea and away I went designing!

That is how Midnight Mystery Quilt Along was birthed (pieced, lol) A Skill Builders Series 🙂

Midnight Mystery Quilt Along is all about building your skills as a quilter. I begin with an easy block and I build to a more complicated block. No special seams, all straight piecing. This quilt challenges you to try different blocks from a beginner level to advanced beginner. This series is all about you, the quilter.

Choosing colors: I have to thank Northcott Fabrics for providing me with this beautiful line of solids! Northcott’s Premium Colorworks solid line has the most scrumptious line of colors. I wanted all of them!

Batting: Thank you to Hobbs.  Hobbs Tuscany Collection, Cotton Wool Blend. I chose Hobbs because I love the quality of their batting. The Tuscany Cotton Wool batting quilts beautiful, drapes with ease, the needle glides through.

Some of you might be asking what thread I used for piecing the quilt…Hmmm…well, I used YLI’s Soft Touch.

And, what thread did I use to machine quilt? I used YLI’s Polished Poly Variegated Primary Brights.

Enough for now, I have to get busy working on the next great project for Annie’s!

More to come later!

I hope you plan on joining me at Annie’s Creative Studio!

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