About a year ago Amy Pabst, one of my blog readers, wrote to say she was inspired by my striped fine line quilts and wanted to make one. She said, "I am a fairly traditional quilter who tends to follow patterns rigidly and I find your improv-looking blocks and grout to be somewhat of a challenge when I try to think how I would make it myself. Any info at all would help!"
We've been corresponding back and forth and recently she sent me photos of her design wall full of little striped modules. She wrote: "I have quite a few modules now, and they all have square edges but very few are the same size. Do you have any tips on how to get them to all fit together? I'm a little worried about this part."
Yes, this is the hard part!! Making modules, whether in my fine line technique or in any other piecing approach, is easy, but getting everything to fit is tricky. I thought maybe a fast tutorial would be helpful not just to Amy but to others.
The first step is to pick low-hanging fruit, if you want. Assuming you don't have a specific way you want your modules to go together, spread them all out and see whether you have any two edges that are the same size. If so, sew them together.
If not, or if you want to join two particular modules that are not the same size, here's how.
But that's OK -- the whole point of this construction method is to start with small bits and make them bigger and bigger until you get a whole quilt out of the deal.
I hope this inspires some of you readers to go spend some time at the sewing machine and be alone with yourself and some nice music -- excellent therapy to recover from the hectic holidays.
Next week: update from Amy.