More pictures will come once this quilt returns home.

I plucked it from the dryer just in time to hand it to Michelle on her way home from Nicole’s improv class at Spoonflower last Sunday.

Flying Farfalle sneak peek

Because I was eager to deliver this quilt early, I thought I’d try a new tutorial for quick zig zag binding. The tutorial called for 2 1/2″ strips pressed in half and a 3/8″ seam allowance. I usually use the 2 1/2″ strips, but I’ve always used 1/4″ seam allowance. Not only could I not get my machine to stop dropping zag stitches, I could NOT get those corners to work out; I might try it again later with a bigger needle and my usual 1/4 inch allowance.

While I’m embarrassed at the binding, I guess that means I can’t give this quilt away as planned. We eat our mistakes around here, and while I’d much rather have bound it gracefully, I’ll be glad to keep these butterflies around!

On another note, I finally finished the Penny Candy. Precise Piecing scares me. A lot. I used to do a little stained glass, and I was excited when I found quilting because while some quilting requires exact measuring and sewing, there’s a lot you can do creatively without having to be so particular about an 1/8″ here or there.

I thought the Penny Candy would be tedious, but I got in a groove and really thought about the details of my habits at each step. From ironing to cutting to sewing, it was good for me to analyze where I’m careful and where I need improvement.

Penny Candy
Hopefully the rest of Precise Piecing goes as well as my candy!


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