Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

15 Jul

I thought you might like a rest from the brain boggling type of pattern and go for something a bit easier. The Millamac will be back when I have done some of the stitching so you can see the difference.

On Nsaaquilting.co.uk I have several bag kits. They are different sizes but based on roughly the same pattern. Starting small is a good way to get into patchwork and quilting. If you overface yourself you may think you don’t enjoy it or can’t do it and give up when there are just too many things to learn at once . Quilting a queen sized bed quilt as your first project is not the best way to go. The Yellow Tulip Bag uses a Loralie Designs panel from the Garden Gallery  collection and coordinating fabric from the Makower Spraytime and Dimples  fabrics  and also the Spectrum Lining fabric. These coordinate beautifully as they come from the same studio.

Starting with a project like this introduces you to all the different processes but on a smaller scale. It involves piecing , quilting and finishing and teaches the techniques to get the best results at each stage.

Yellow Tulip Bag with Loralie Designs Garden Gallery Panel

The other type of bag; bigger but the same style is the Belles Bag with a Loralie Designs Embroidery panel instead of the printed panel.

Blue Belles Bag with Loralie Designs Embroidered Panel

On the same lines but with a black background for more dramatic effect is the bag with the Masquerade Ball embroidered panel.

Masquerade Ball Pink Dancer

I remember when I knew nothing about the patchwork and quilting world but wanted to be part of it. I would look at patterns I thought were lovely but way beyond my talents. It was only when I tried that I realised that anything is possible with a lot of practice and a bit of guidance. I still remember the problems I had and the things I discovered along the way and I try to make my patterns easily understood. I supply a general instruction sheet with hints and tips and I run them past someone who does not do patchwork or quilting. I am however open to suggestions if anything is still difficult to understand. One of the tips that may seem obvious to a seasoned quilter but not to the novice is that I never cut a piece to fit without measuring it. Never accept that the size stated on the pattern is correct, especially if it has to fit another piece. Just a slightly smaller seam than usual will result in a larger overall piece and the new piece will be too small. The carpenter’s maxim ‘measure twice and cut once’ is a very sound guide for piecing . Not only is it frustrating to have to cut more pieces and waste fabric but if you have bought a kit there may not be any more fabric and you may have to buy more, making your kit more expensive. It may not even still be available. More care, less frustration.

Buying a kit is not essential, a pattern will do just as well or even a project designed by you. The advantage of a kit is that all or most of the requirements are included and so nothing needs to be searched for. Also sometimes it is the finished article rather than just the pattern that appeals. However the advantage of a pattern is that your finished item will be one of a kind. If you design it yourself it will be unique but you will have to sort out all the problems yourself. Start small and progress with enjoyment. If you feel you are up to a challenge take it but don’t force yourself outside your comfort zone. That way you will always enjoy what you are doing rather than giving up because you encounter something you don’t know how to deal with.

The moral of this blog is ‘don’t try to run before you can walk’ if you do you may get further faster but you might just fall on your face.

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