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Crumb piecing & quilt-as-you-go…

I have some news I want to share with you all. It has been brewing behind the scenes and it is almost time to launch so I wanted to share what I can so you understand why I don’t post as often as I would like.

I have started a quilting and stitchery business where I will initially sell patterns from my website and hopefully from some of the local quilt stores and then later expand into selling the patterns in kits. Because I work full-time it has been quite slow going to get it off the ground but I’m finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and I’m planning on setting up my website in November when I should have a few patterns I can put in the store to sell. I can’t show you any of the patterns yet, but I’ll reveal more as I can. It’s all very exciting and my brain is buzzing with creative ideas. I can’t get them onto paper quick enough.

My business name is The Paisley Hummingbird. I’ll have links to my website and Facebook/Instagram account once they are up and running.

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So in between doing up designs for my business I have been chugging away at the quilt-as-you-go quilt I wrote about in my last post.

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I’m enjoying the freedom of not having to lug a huge quilt around the machine when you’re quilting it. I’m getting more ideas about how to finish it off as well. It could well become one of my patterns, although the fabrics I have used are not very nice. Maybe I can save them with some interesting borders…

I was watching a video the other day by the Missouri Star Quilt Company and it was talking and demonstrating crumb piecing. I think I have mentioned it before. This video was so enlightening as to what I was doing wrong before when I tried it last time. So one evening when my brain said no more thinking, I decided to try it out and I must say it is really very relaxing.

It is where you use your scraps and join them together in no particular pattern or order and when the piece gets big enough you cut it down to a 10 inch square. You then have a whole new piece of fabric to use. Any of the off cuts go back into the scrap pile to be used in the next piece. It’s a great way to use your scraps.

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Now I normally don’t keep small scraps because I just don’t have the room but I might start so I can use them in crumb piecing. Here are my first 2 squares. Some of the fabric is bigger than what is normally used but I’m happy with the results and the best part is you don’t have to measure or make sure your ironing the seams the right way, or even that the colours co-ordinate. All you’re concerned about is getting it big enough to cut a 10 inch square from and making sure it lays flat.

Well, I’m off to do some more sewing before bed.

Until next time…get creative!

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