|My sweet grandbaby|
On our Saturday trip to Bella Quilts, I was talking with Raven Parris, the shop owner, about some instruction in hand-piecing quilt blocks. So as the kids were leaving, I toddled over to my little piece of heaven.
|The front of a hand -pieced block -- unpressed|
|The back of the block|
|The Amanda Jean pleating machine|
|Threaded needles (threaded with hand-quilting thread)|
|Pleating the fabric -- it's so easy and fun!|
|Blocking and distributing the pleats.|
I'm sorry I didn't get pictures of the this step. I took the blocked and pleated piece and inserted pins into the valley following every tenth pleat. This helped me to locate the center point of the design to start your hand stitching. Once you find the center point, mark it with some contrasting thread, and remove the pins.
|The pattern I'm using (biggify for more detail)|
|Floss above the needle|
|Floss below the needle|
I had lots of fun with the ladies at Bella Quilts yesterday. For five whole minutes I had the shop to myself and declared it 50% off, but no one dropped by to take advantage of my sale... Boo! We laughed, cut up, and just had a big old time! There's a reason why I love these wonderfully incredible women.
|My favorite place!|