As a quilt teacher and designer, Patty Murphy has heard the frustration of quilters who struggled to ‘get it right’ when it came to their patchwork. Patty loves a sharp point and perfectly pieced block and wants to help others get off on the right foot to quilting success. She shares a wide range of techniques for improving your cutting and piecing skills, cutting off minor imperfections at the pass, as well as clever ideas for combining orphan blocks into fun and colorful quilts.
Then quilt historian, curator, and quilt broker, Julie Silber reveals the secrets to deciphering a true antique crib or doll quilt vs. an imposter. These rare, made with love, little beauties are sure to charm you.
Patty sits down with Alex and Ricky. She tells them she learned to sew from her mother who always said that it was important to remember that ‘Handmade vs. Homemade = get it right’. She has taken that practice of precision and ‘getting it right’ to heart. While working in her local quilt shop, she noticed that many quilters were frustrated by many of the same problems (points not matching, wavy strata, etc.) so, she decided to write a book to aid quilters. We look at her quilts.
Patty shares tips for understanding the grain and how much this affects your strip cutting results. Then she shares tips for working with half-square triangles and quarter-square triangles.
Patty discusses proper vs improper pressing, proper seam ripping technique, how to use "coping" strips when joining blocks of various size, and how to use orphan blocks to make a fun and colorful quilt.
Julie shares the clues for understanding a true vs. fake crib quilt. We look at a variety of little quilts including 1910 Sunbonnet Sue.
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