Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Beginnings for 2008


I've oogled and slobbered over this book by Margaret Miller for about 8 years, and one day I noticed that a fellow blogger, was the maker of one of the featured quilts. Wanda of Exhuberant Color (hope I get this link thing to work right) kindly offered to lend her expertise to help me try something new. I DO like string quilts, and have made various versions of these Sizzling Strip blocks, although not using her technique at the time. Almost ALL of these fabrics were in my stash. Yesterday, per Wanda's suggestion, I filled in some blanks with 5 more pieces, to give me an array in two colorways.

Now to gather the courage to actually START it! LOL - and I must add, I DO have an almost-finshed quilt top on the living room floor, nearing completion, so first things first.

Next subject ... does anyone out there use the Jodi Barrow's Square-in-a-Square method? I have to hand it to that gal, she has her own method of putting blocks together, and I like some of them for accuracy.

This little quilt on the bear on the left was done with her method and the corners are exact and precise without tedious matching. This is an excellent method for a quilt with small pieces, especially if you don't like paper piecing. I've watched her videos for years, and it takes a while for a 'regular' quilter to understand the approach, but I'm sold on some of her methods.

I would be interested in hearing about your experience with her methods.

13 comments:

kjquilts said...

Elaine, I took a class in the 90s from the Strips That Sizzle book. I'd like to show you the top I made.
http://kjquilts.blogspot.com/2007/02/some-things-of-interest.html
I'm sure the color scheme isn't anything you'd be interested in but the technique is so simple! Have fun with all your beautiful fabrics!

Patti said...

I have the Square in a Square book and ruler but have never gotten around to use it. I'm interested in your comment because I've heard many people say it's very accurate but wastes way too much fabric. I notice you don't say anything about that. On the other hand, since I save all my scraps ala Bonnie, it would just help me created more scraps to cut to size and file.

I love your fabrics for the Strips that Sizzle. I think I've got that book - I know I bought her first 2 or 3 books - but I've not used any of them either.

joyce said...

Love your color choices for the quilt. I have never heard of Jodi Barrows method but I'm always interested in new and easy methods. Does she have a book?

Shelina said...

No, I don't think I've tried her method, but it sounds wonderful.

meggie said...

Interesting to hear about new methods. Love your array of colours.
Also love the little Teddies with their quilts.

Exuberant Color said...

Your fabrics look good, now just jump in!

The Calico Cat said...

Re: Square in a square - I did not care for all of the bias edges...
Re: Margaret Miller - I did the 1 color version (I think the one in the book is orange) & used it as the background from some appliqued cats. One of my favorite quilts.

Libby said...

I like the idea of keeping a method in mind for later use - like the square in a square. I have found that old Simply Quilts shows as well as old magazines carry a wealth of information that did nothing for me on first (second and sometimes third *s*) glance.

SalemHouse said...

I like the Square in a Square method. I made a quilt entirely of Square in a Square blocks after taking the class, but that resulted in a desire to move on to something completedly different afterwards. (I'm easily bored, I guess.)

Owens Family Adventures said...

ooooohhhhhh those fabrics are just delicious!!!!!
dawn

julieQ said...

Love your fabrics!! So pretty. I have the square in a square rulers, but have not tried it yet...

JulieQ

pudge's girl said...

What gorgeous fabrics, I can not wait to see what comes from them . I will be watching to see if this is a new technique to help me knock down that stash. Mary

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Gorgeous little doll quilts, well done.
On your water post (and well done on the 13 miles I say!!)...dehydration is a key reason for trouble sleeping as well...though no-one ever realises it! Tracey