Saturday, November 6, 2010

Cotton Theory

Last night I went to a Trunk show put on by Nancy Eichel .  She is a Cotton Theory Certified Instructor. 

Cotton Theory is a very different way of quilting. 
Cotton Theory quilting is a new and different way to construct your quilt. It's backward!

Unlike traditional quilts, which are pieced together, layered with batting and then quilted, Cotton Theory projects are quilted first, one segment at a time, and then assembled using Betty Cotton's fold-and-finish procedures.

Most quilters enjoy piecing together the top of a traditional quilt because they can see the design as it takes shape, and the results are rewarding. The actual quilting, however, can be a challenge, especially if your traditional quilt is large. Often, quilting becomes the least favorite part of constructing a quilt.

The Cotton Theory method makes quilting easy, no matter the size of your quilt. You quilt each piece individually before you construct your project, so quilting becomes just as enjoyable as piecing together the design.

You can quilt pieces creatively and accurately to produce completely reversible quilts with decorative stitches and optional machine embroidery.

During Cotton Theory assembly, you sew the raw edges of your quilted pieces together, leaving seam allowances that are folded on the outside of your quilt and then stitched in place using one or more Cotton Theory techniques. This adds an extra dimension to the surface. The result is a reversible quilt that combines sewing, quilting and embroidery, if you choose. You end up with two quilts - one on each side - by constructing one project.

All work is done with a sewing machine; there's no need to do handwork.

I signed up for an all day workshop tomorrow.  It will be interesting to see the results.  I will post a picture of what I make. 

Friday, November 5, 2010

Quilter's Guild Block

At the last guild meeting everyone was asked to make a paper pieced block that would be put into a quilt or placemat to be given away.  We were given the pattern to use.  Our guild gives placemats to the clients of Meals-on-Wheels and they also participate in a fund raiser for a local charity where they sell placemats.  Here is my block that I made.

It was made in 4 sections and sewn together to make one large 11 1/2 inch block.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Dresden plate square

I went to class on Saturday and discussed with the instructors how I was going to sew my Dresden Plate  to my square and we/I decided to use a blanket stitch with invisible thread.  I have decided to make a small lap quilt out of the squares.  I chose 6 squares the same and put them on to the gold background that I purchased at Beaver Bay, MN.  I am going to make sashing the same colour as the centre circle and then try to find a border print that will bring it all together.

I think the gold really compliments the blues.  I hope I don't have too much of a problem finding a border to go with it all.