Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Try Something New

I am the first to admit that I can get very stuck in my ways. If I find a method of doing something, and am comfortable with it, I tend not to be very receptive to trying a new or different method. Take half-square triangles for example. I am still making them the way I first learned: layer two squarees together, draw a diagonal line, sew 1/4" on either side of the line, then cut on the drawn line. Voila! I can make these guys all day long this way. I've seen demos for various triangle papers but I couldn't figure out how that method could be any faster, cheaper, or more accurate than my old tried and true method. I've sewn together strips of fabric, then cut them into the squares. This actually is a fairly good method, but the few times I've used it, I've had to find the book with the directions and virtually re-teach myself.

So, now I am in the process of preparing the applique pieces for a vine border to go on a reproduction quilt I'm in the process of designing & making. And my friend would be proud, I'm trying a new method. It's a method demonstrated in a book by a very famous quilter in one of her books on applique. She has very detailed instructions in her book, so I'm not having a problem executing the method. Although, right about now I'd like to execute myself! My normal applique method involves freezer paper and occasionally starch. Famous quilter X's method requires a heavy foundation material. Then you trace your shapes on the foundation. Cut out the shapes. Glue your shapes to your fabric. Turn the edges and glue them in place. Do the edges of my shapes look cleaner and crisper than my freezer paper method? Is the method cheaper? Is it quicker? Will I use this method again? Am I inflexible? Do I have a problem trying new methods? Can I honestly answer all of these questions. Hmmm. . . . back to the glue!

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