The first two days of the class with Philippa Naylor was mainly spent on curved piecing. We were shown lots of examples of her work, and this wall hanging was one of them - it combines curved pieced blocks and curved saw tooth borders and piping and binding - all techniques that would be demonstrated in great detail over the next few days. We learnt how to draft blocks and how to make our own templates.....
.....sewing the curved pieces together with pins, pins and more pins!! Philippa gave us lots of top tips, like using Schmetz Microtex size 60 needles - (I normally use these needles for sewing batiks as they are really fine and sharp) - and using a really fine thread for piecing too, such as Superior Threads Bottom Line thread.....
.....the borders were finally added, and Philippa had provided design boards so we could stand back to check how our work was progressing. Once the blocks were completed, it was time for free motion quilting - something that I had always tried to avoid, but thankfully we had the expert at hand!! More piccies of that later!
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