I learned to quilt with templates and used them for quite a while. I still have a bag of plastic graph paper templates and a set of hard plastic templates. It took a whole lot of time to mark and cut out all those pieces and then mark all the stitch lines. That was the first chore I dropped, initially with a line of masking tape on my machine and then with a 1/4" foot. Slowly, I stopped using my templates. Every once in a while I will use them to make a special block for a limited project. I love my rotary cutter and try to make all my quilts with template free piecing. I have become a quilter built for speed now!
This all became important when I decided to make a quilt for me. Yes, it's my turn! I have been hoarding gorgeous Kaffe Fassett fabrics ever since I bought his sumptuous book about Quilts en Provence. I love Provence, simply love it. You can take the French teacher out of the classroom but honey, you will never take away her love of Provence. Making a quilt from this book has been a French drenched fantasy of mine.
However, when the night came to finally cut into these beauties I discovered that the quilts were all made with templates. Hmm, did my children's lives depend upon me making these quilts?
So I had to seek another fabulous idea for these sacred fabrics. I turned to my long time crush, Blue Underground Studios. I have only mentioned them about ten million times in my blogs because they create quilts which they want you to finish, in your immediate future. I want to design quilts like they do and someday I may. More about that later. I chose this High Rise quilt because I loved it and I thought it would look good with my precious fabrics.
What I love about this book is that it gives variations for size on the quilt shown. I only want a throw size so I needed 15 strips. I had 8 fabrics so I cut 2 of each.
It is like a new friend. Isn't it so fun to make a new friend? This person has not heard your jokes and stories, they still don't know your annoying habits and they are entranced with your wit! Your compassion! Your brownie recipe!
Then you get to know them. They forget to return a call. You have to work at the relationship. That's what the blocks are like, it's the real quilt, the repetitive piecing. But you have to have this stage of quilting, and friendship, in order to get to the prize of the completed quilt or the true friend.
Hopefully you get there with template free quilting. I know I will as I already started the strip piecing. I will do an update with the blocks, the strips, the nitty gritty real quilting. Today just the finding, selecting and cutting stage.
Aww, this makes me sew happy.
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