From an editor’s standpoint, Wendy Hill (we talked about her stashless state in last week’s post) is wonderful to work with. She’s very organized, very knowledgeable, has lots of good photos, and lots of opinions! I can’t resist sharing some background information she gave me about the improvisational piecing technique in her article “Start Somewhere and Keep Sewing.”
Wendy wrote, “This kind of piecing—often called intuitive piecing or some such name—is an old idea that has come back around with a contemporary twist. We can find its roots in the old-time string quilts, where quilters sewed the tiniest strips of fabric to paper for stabilization. My personal big gripe is that people think anything goes when they go off the grid and start sewing strips together. Sorry, the same esthetics and principles of color and design always apply, no matter the technique. I’m opinionated, that’s for sure!”
Because the focus of Wendy’s article was on the piecing, we didn’t include specific instructions for making the 46” x 59” Hugs and Kisses quilt shown on page 47 and at the end of this post. But if you’d like to follow Wendy’s lead and make a similar quilt, here are some useful measurements.
The blocks, including their striped borders and cornerstones, finish at 12” x 12”. The following are unfinished (cutting) sizes and include seam allowances.
Trim the pieced block center to 10” x 10”
Striped block borders 1 ¾” x 10”
Block cornerstones: 1 ¾” x 1 ¾”
White/black sashes between the blocks: 1” x 12 ½”
White/black sashes between the block rows: 1” x 38 ½”
Piano keys: Random widths x 4 ½”
Border cornerstones: 4 ½” x 4 ½”
On another subject, we at TQL would like to offer our heartiest congratulations to AQS founder Meredith Schroeder, who is being inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana this weekend. We can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor….Jan Magee, The Quilt Life