I was asked did I sew the sets of tumblers for “Tumbling into Insanity” that I have finished by hand to the main body of the quilt or did it by machine — how did I do that? – so here goes –
First I sew 10 rows x 10 rows together by machine – I had meant to do this whole quilt by hand but arthritis got in the way so now it is machine work instead. Here I line my rows up that I just finished to the section of 20 that I had on the wall. First a mention – I am sewing the 10×10 rows as I find it easier than sewing a row of 102 mini tumblers and then having to sew those very long rows together – my preference.
I pin the first tumblers together just at the seam – 1 pin only
I do take a couple back stitches to make it stronger and sew to the seam. Use your fingers as much as you need to – to keep your fabric straight. Keep the needle in the down position throughout.
Then I lift up the presser foot and turn the fabric just a tad – it doesn’t need much turning and sew to the next seam – I don’t even bother with pins now – it is easy to hold the seams together these are small pieces. Sew to the next one.
Lift the presser foot and put the fabric together to the next seam – you have to turn the fabric just a little bit at the end of each tumbler.
Here the 10 rows are sewed to the body of the quilt –
Press it and lays nice and flat and you can’t even see where you joined them. The point is to go slowly and just joint to joint turning the fabric slightly as you go – and like I say no pins are even needed after the first one that just holds the two pieces together until you get started.
Easy – peasy!! I am linking to Cozy Little House today who has a lot of very interesting links today.
Some have forgotten what Floral Fantasy looks like as I have not shown the whole quilt for awhile now – here is the quilt I have 3rd border almost completed – one more leaf to do and then the 4th border! almost done. Next time I try one of Michelle Hill’s patterns I will use her tutorial on machine applique which you can see here. Michelle is from Adelaide, Australia and does spectacular machine applique and her quilts are award winners – she has 2 books — William Morris in Applique and More William Morris in Applique and she now has a fabric line as well. The books are wonderful – besides the patterns you get some history of William Morris too – I only have one book right now but plan on getting the other one soon. The patterns really are meant for machine applique – but you know me – I have to be different so I did mine needle turn – but with the darn arthritis I will be trying machine applique next! It has been so much fun for me to correspond with Michelle over the last couple of years and get pointers from her. She must think I am never going to finish this quilt.
The border at the top needs to be completely done and the border on the right side I am almost finished with. I am linking up to Patchwork Times today