Monday, May 23, 2016

Tiny pieces and freezer paper

     On Friday, May 20th,  I took a workshop with Ann Shaw who teaches the Ruth McDowell method of piecing small things, not appliqueing them. I was interested in this because I want to make large landscape quilts without raw edges and fusible. I have Ruth's books, but needed some direct instruction, so I corralled 2 of my quilting buddies and we drove to Rochester, NY as Ruth was there because of the Genesee Valley Quilt Guild. The workshop was on piecing a chicken using freezer paper. It is really not paper piecing, but paper templates. It took all day to construct the chicken. When I got home, I did the background. I have 3 sections sewn together so I could figure out how to do it. We did not get to sew there or see it demonstrated. 
     Maybe I can use this to piece large landscapes. It is frustrating for having this idea in my head for over three years, yet unable how to figure out how to achieve large landscapes with no fusibles.
All the chicken pinned 
Chicken background
Head and top of tail sewn


Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I love your chicken! Did you enjoy the method?

Vicki W said...

I love it and have the same question as Wanda.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Me, too! - Did you enjoy the method? - I have a couple of Ruth's books but I haven't tried it yet. Maybe it wouldn't look so intimidating if it were on a larger scale - hmmmm - ;))