Monday, September 03, 2012

I tried out a new technique!

I  LOVE to see new methods  - the creativity intriques me.  And while I enjoy seeing the methods, I don't always practice the technique, but today I DID.  (Patting myself on the back!)


This DVD, Strip & Slash, by Jackie Robinson, is from 9-Patch Media.  They offer several quilting DVDs and I own several of them.  They have all been enjoyable, and run over 2 hours long.  Good entertainment and I watch them many, many times.  Occasionally they are on sale as well.  Like many instructional DVDs, they have to include a lot of extra material for those who are not familiar with all the quilting methods.  That's OK with me.

Back to this method to make split 9-patches - these pieces are small,  - strips are cut 1 3/4, and 2 1/2 inches - kinda tedious, even though they are strip pieced, but the benefit of "small" is that almost any fabrics can be used - just use lights and darks.  Jackie seems to like unusual "methods" -- I admire that! She also talks about how to use "twinkle" in your quilt, and the DVD includes a number of her samples (both good AND not-so-good) and also many EQ samples.  I enjoy seeing samples that did NOT work - that's always a good lesson.

I'm still not sure I LIKE this method over the tradional method, but it's another option, especially if your scraps are totally uncoordinated.  This is NOT a good technique to make one or two blocks - it's a GREAT technique to use your little scraps up.  As in many techniques, if you start with an organized "system" it gets fast. 

... and I know you will ask, will I finish this?  Not sure, as there is another WIP on the floor, just beyond the camera!  8-))

I am now officially RETIRED.  Not sure I like it but ... for everything there is a season. 

11 comments:

Vic in NH said...

WHEEEEE!!!! You are now your own alarm clock. Enjoy every moment and do all those little tasks that you have wanted to get to, but had no time. Most of all, goof off and have fun doing it!

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

Happy Retirement!! If you get bored I'm sure you can find a volunteer job or REALLY part-time job for a few hours a week or month that suit you. Or, maybe you'll just be happy to sew, sew, sew.

Nancy said...

Welcome to retirement! Set a new "routine" for yourself for a while and you will be more comfortable with this new phase of your life. Soon, you will wonder how you had time to actually work.

Enjoy your "new" lifestyle.

Impera_Magna said...

Congratulations on retirement... may it be long, healthy, and happy! Now you have plenty of time to play with scraps and learn lots of new tricks...

Cyn ;-) said...

Congrats, Elaine, on being retired! Super... now more time to sew, at least in the beginning. It takes a little bit of getting used to - this retirement thing - but it is oh so wonderful! Welcome to the bunch. ;-)

Janet O. said...

Interesting looking method. It seems like it could be tedious, but the result looks great!
Hope you can adjust to this new phase of your life.

Morah said...

Yeah for you on the retirement! Now you need to change your header!!LOL!

Pokey said...

You have proven the point that you are never too old to learn! I'm happy for your retirement, hooray~
:-}pokey

Helen in the UK said...

Congrats on your retirement. I'm sure that once you get used to it, you'll wonder how you ever managed to fit work in!! Look forward to lots of quilty posts :)

The Calico Quilter said...

You're gonna LOVE being retired. Let it sink in for a little while. Right after I left work I felt a little lost, but it didn't stay that way for long. I love my life now and I know you will too.

Purple Pam said...

I know you will miss your job. Hopefully you will have lots of other things go keep you busy. Congratulations (I think)!