Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Glamp Stitchalot - More Fun on Day 2

The fun continued on Day 2 of Glamp Stitchalot.

The first class of the day was with Rashida Coleman-Hale.  A paper pieced airplane (tail and wing sections), which included regular piecing and curved piecing (nose section).  The row consists of three airplanes, 20.5 x 12.5 inches each.

We learned to use a glue stick to secure the first piece of fabric.  Genius!  Starting has always been difficult for me.  Rashida also cuts her fabric pieces according to the template (remember to include seam allowance).  We didn't use this technique in class, but she showed me how to do it.  I think it would be helpful.

Using the glue stick and the technique I learned from Penny Layman the day before, I was able to finish this block in class.  My hatred of paper piecing started to wane during this class.



And as much as I wanted a break from paper piecing, it was good that our next class was more paper piecing with Carolyn Friedlander.  Building on what I had learned already and being in the groove, I actually enjoyed making this block.  Carolyn's row consisted of three of these blocks, each 20.5 x 12.5 inches each.

Carolyn shared two great tips.  She uses the largest stitch on her machine to baste down the first piece of fabric (and any long piece).  Game changer!!!  She also suggested basting down the outside pieces so that it's easier to join all the sections together.  Carolyn also showed us how to measure the size of the pattern to determine how wide a piece of fabric to cut, and she suggested cutting strips of fabric to that size.

Using all the great tips that were shared, I was able to complete one of Carolyn's blocks.  And I love it.  And I stopped hating paper piecing.  I can't say that I love paper piecing or that it's my new passion, but at least now I have techniques to make it easier, and I'm not opposed to trying it again.



And then to finish the day, our next class was with Elizabeth Hartman @ Oh Fransson.  Time for some regular piecing.  The Studios row is 8 x 60 inches, and the One Bedrooms row is 4 x 60 inches.  I finished both rows at Glamp.

Although I didn't do it (because I had already pre-cut all my pieces), Elizabeth showed us how to fussy cut prints.  Instead of cutting a template to the unfinished size, she recommends cutting a piece of freezer piece to the finished size of the piece.  That way, you can ensure that you don't cut off bits of the print you want.  Iron the freezer paper onto the fabric and add a seam allowance before cutting.  Such a simple thing, but genius!!



Photos with the teachers.



And then sadly, it was all over.  Nothing to do but pack up and get a good night's sleep.

I had an awesome time, learned some awesome quilting techniques, and met some wonderful new friends.  Thanks to Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge, Julia @ Jada's Quilting Adventure, and Dena @ No Frickin' Blog Yet, for going on this adventure.  When is our next retreat??

Off to find some time to finish the rest of the paper pieced blocks so I can piece all the rows together.



13 comments:

  1. It was a great weekend!! I knew that eventually you would find something that would change your mind about paper piecing.

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  2. I'm so glad you stuck with all the paper piecing and that you learned enough tips and tricks to make it a bearable experience. Carolyn's block is so graphic!

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  3. Sounds like you all had a great time! Kudos for sticking with the paper piecing. Having gone the same path I'm now glad I can add FPP to my learned skills, maybe I'll revisit EPP...

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  4. Great that you learned some paper piecing tips and techniques to make it more enjoyable.

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  5. Sounds like a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing your projects and the fussy cutting tip!

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  6. I am itching for a quilty getaway! Glampalot looks like a dream to attend with such an awesome lineup! Great projects going on, & tips too!

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  7. Thanks for sharing about this Anja. I wish I had been there. I'm glad you are feeling more confident with paper pieceing...but I do love that houses row of Elizabeth Hartmans.

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  8. My wife said I might like paper piecing...she said it might fit my "builder" mind set

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  9. Your blocks look great. Happy that you stuck with the paper piecing and are enjoying it a little more. Love the glue tip, thanks.

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  10. I totally forgot to mention Carolyn's measuring trick. So handy!

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  11. Wow...great results. I'm so glad you had the chance for this trip.

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  12. It was an incredible adventure! The next one is November ;) I'm just putting it out there.....

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  13. I saw some of these on Instagram, but it's much better to read all about it and soak up the tips and the ambiance--you got to be with TERRIFIC quilters/designers, wow! Funny I have always done the gluestick to start technique and because I HATE to waste expensive fabric, I've always made templates and even chain-pieced for paper-peicing. Have you heard of NOT sewing through the paper for paper-piecing? Now THAT was a game-changer for me!

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