In 2010, TQS will treat you to not one, but two Sue Garman Block-of-the-Month quilts! Both quilts--one applique and one pieced--are bright and cheery, sure to be showstoppers on a bed or wall. Once again, Sue will offer lots of instruction and tips along with the patterns. Be ready: This is "the year of quilting" as Sue helps you enliven your quilts with many quilting options.
Don't miss out on the fun and learning available to you through the TQS BOM quilting community. Click here for the fabric requirements so you can be ready when we launch both patterns on January 1, 2010. (Word to the wise: We sold out our 2009 BOM quilts quickly, so be sure to get your 2010 kit(s) early by visiting the TQS Shoppe.) We are very excited to offer you this opportunity and look forward to you seeing your work as the year progresses.
Have you tried starching your fabrics before you cut your patches out? Starch and steam can make a huge difference in the flatness of an intersection, but you must be careful to PRESS and not iron the blocks. (Moving the iron will cause distortion.)
You might also consider twirling your intersections. It's not always possible, but it makes a really flat intersection. There are some photos on my webshots album here:
No matter how careful I am about pressing and pinning points, my machine (new!) seems to get stuck going through the thicker sections that have many points meeting. I have tried opening the seams as well as kissing seam points, changing to new needles, but those thicker joints just seem to bog down the machine. Any advice on what I'm doing wrong or hints about avoiding that problem? Thanks. :
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