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Oh well -
after several blocks I realised it takes a lot of time to sew blocks with the prepared-edge-method. It took three times more time to prepare the blocks than to actual sew them.
And I want to sew these blocks only during travelling - but I don't want to spend so much time for preparing them at home.
I talked to Regina Grewe and we spoke about Dutch Treat and Needleturn. And of course - this alround quilter can do needleturn too! And she teaches it too!
The freemotion-class at Reginas was so good - I made a fast decision and went again to Kamen to Regina and took a needleturn-applique-class.
The result: Everything works as you can see it at youtube or in several books. But I just couldn't do it. Regina is such a good teacher, she showed in detail how to do this and to do that and hold the needle and turn the needle and hold the thumb -
On my way back I sewed this block in the train, without any preparation:
Isn't it gorgeous???
Without any preparation!!
How much fun is it to sew a block during a train-ride!
Ok - from now on only Needleturn.
If you want to book a class at Reginas, this is her site: Reginagrewe.de.
During my 'Prepared edge-phase' I had made several tricky blocks with Heat'n Bond Lite. Very easy: you iron the fusible to the back of the white fabric, draw the pattern and cut the fabric without any seamallowance. The Heat'n Bond Lite should prevent fraying lifelong, but I sewed a line with the seweing machine anyway. Time will tell if I have to make more blocks with that cheating-method or if I'm able to sew all future blocks with needleturn.
Links back to the quilt:
Dutch Treat - what's that?
Tutorial for prepared edge
18 blocks A-G method prepared edge
7 blocks A-G method Heat'n Bond Lite
the rest of the blocks A-G method needleturn
The blocks H-N method needleturn
The blocks O-S method needleturn
The blocks T-Z and the rest method needleturn
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