I had to include a photo of this quilt before I begin talking about my class with Marsha McCloskey. It was a huge pirate's map and it was awesome!!
This is a pic of Marsha teaching our class. She was an amazing teacher. Very thorough and very patient with the class. So much information though.
She had 1/8" graph paper that we used to draft our own blocks. We had to use a compass to figure out the size of the diamonds. My head hurt at the end of the class.
This was a neat technique. We made bias strip sets and sewed them together and then cut our HST from the strip sets. No bias edges and you get really nice ( and can do incredibly tiny) HST this way too. Her bias square ruler was great to use.
If I had managed to get my block finished this is what it would have looked like (but not in those colors or probably as good!)
Here we are after class. Marsha is on the left. She is coming out with a new book about Feathered Stars so go to her website and look around. It will use rotary cutting instructions instead of templates! YIPEE!! I can't wait for the new book.
Now, don't you laugh at me. Here is what I got finished in the 6 hours of our class. There were only 2 of us that even got this far!
I learned so many tricks from Marsha. Some things to remember for precise piecing ala Marsha:
Use a sharp needle, not a universal one
Use thinner thread. She uses 60 wt by Presentia. I use 50 wt Masterpiece by Superior Threads
Use a single hole plate on your machine (I had heard this before)
She used a #13 foot (Bernina) so she could see the needle go into the fabric and watch the fabric edge to the right of the foot. With the typical 1/4" foot you will not see the fabric and therefore your 1/4" seam may not be as accurate. We were working with 16th and 32nds so this made a difference. Now I must say, I don't know if I sew quite that accurately that it would make a huge difference but I am going to try to sew more accurately.
So there you have it, my class with Marsha McCloskey. More about the shopping tomorrow (maybe later today = 0 )