Sunday, February 27, 2011

Marti Michell Magic!

Hi all,

Yesterday I did a class at Sew This and That. Each month they do a Ruler club but I had never been, it is tough doing classes with little kids so I don’t do many. But this was Hexagons…..so I had to go!

We used Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates – Set G. For small hexagons plus….hummm sounded interesting to me!

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I was blown away by what can be achieved with the right templates, careful cutting and marking, using a scant 1/4” seam and careful pressing!

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Imagine sewing a Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt on the machine in only a fraction of the time it takes to paper piece it all!

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Baby Blocks – I have always wanted to do one of these quilts but was put of by having to paper piece it or the other method I have seen where you cut the top of the block in two parts so that it can be pieced in rows.

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These are called Inner City. It would be interesting to see a whole quilt like this.

In all honesty, I wouldn’t have bought the templates without having the class. The price of the set is prohibitive in Australia but when they are included in the cost of the class it was quite reasonable. Since using them I think they are well worth the money, but doing a class to learn how to use the templates properly is a good idea too.

To say I am impressed by the possibilities is an understatement!

Have you learnt any new techniques lately?

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5 comments:

Oops-Lah said...

I bought all the Marti Michel templates some time ago and never used them. I think you are right in saying that you need a class. Your little blocks look fantastic and I can't believe you sewed them by machine. How come the edges are so neat? Usually with machine sewing the raw edge is visible?

Karen Wilson said...

As well as awesome sewing work, they are some lovely fabrics. Well done!

I've been wanting to try some tumbling blocks as well but it's a bit to far down my "yet to try" list at the moment.

Christine said...

Oh that looks very interesting, glad you had a great time.
Cut the backing for the two quilt tops today,but teaching tomorrow and then I have some Customer quilt to finish before doing more charity, hope fully early next week.

cheers
Christine

Janet said...

I love the blocks! I wondered if instructions were included with the templates and did you conquer Y seams?

Bree said...

that's so cool!