Sunday, February 24, 2008

Quirky Bits & More!

This just went together like a dream!
You may remember seeing it's origin in the post about CC's house...yes, it is those "perky old men" blocks back again, and no, the box of them has still not been emptied!

I used a setting that CC had sketched out and titled "Quirky Bits". That's the name it is keeping, as I knew better than to try and combine it in any way with "Perky Old Men"!

To finish it off, I will just add a wide binding. It doesn't need a border, but I think the wide binding might be nice for one good shot of color around the whole thing.
I have used this technique before: cut the binding wide enough to finish between 1/2" and 3/4" so the fabric can be seen. I hate to have a cool binding fabric and then lose it with a 1/4" finish.
A quilt show judge once gave a friend of mine a minus for a binding wider than 1/4", which only makes me like an occasional wide binding even better!
Now, I have never heard of requiring the binding to be a particular size. I don't like binding with the back brought around to the front, but it's no sin, either!
It really does not matter what you do, if you do it well.

I like "Quirky Bits" so much I have decided to turn it into a new class!
It's a bit simple for a class, but GM asked me a question about making totally scrappy 9-patches and later a bell just went off in my head about a way to make this work as a really fun class. I hope to have it ready to teach soon.

Tomorrow I am on the road to Ohio (family visit) and then for a week at the John C. Campbell Folk School, one of my favorite places in the world!
I had the joy of teaching there for a week last March, and am totally honored to be back on the schedule for November 2009!
This time I'll be taking a class about The Stitches of Creative Embroidery with Nancy Claiborne. I thought it was time to do some hand work.

I'll be attempting to blog while on the road (another first!) so please check in and see if I'm successful.


Sharon said...

Just found your blog while "surfing". I like your quilt and especially the name! I like your writing style, and your quilting style! I'll be back to visit again. Happy quilting!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Sunnie!

I looked back through your blog for the original "perky old men" blocks, but couldn't find them. What a provacative name! I want to see them! No biggie, but a reference date (if not some sort of back-link) would be helpful.

Some day soon I'll begin at the beginning and catch up!

Elizabeth H.