One bite at a time
Whenever I have a custom quilt I think of my friend, Shirley Stutz. She has always done magnificent quilting, even before she acquired a longarm machine. She did intricately detailed quilting with her domestic sewing machine (DSM). She has a longarm machine now and does fabulous work with that as well. She has been a source of inspiration and encouragement to me for years. She is an efficiency expert and thinks up new ways to do old things and goes around teaching others how to benefit from her brain storms.
I never liked paper piecing until I took a class from her. She made it simple and effortless. You didn’t even have to tear paper away after you learned how it is folded away from the next piece you were sewing to. Even though she simplified the whole process, I still don’t care to make a quilt that way; but I’m not afraid to try it now.
I had a challenge quilt to do one year and I planned my very
first whole cloth quilt to try my challenge with. I liked the resulting idea, but when it came
to doing the background fill I felt like I had a monster job ahead of me. (The quilt only measured 40” x 40”). I asked Shirley how she approached her queen
and king sized quilts when it came time to do the background fill and she
looked me in the eye and asked “Do you know how to eat an elephant?” and of
course I replied that I did not know and she said to me, very pointedly “One
bite at a time.”
|Detail from my Elegant Lone Star (This is a Shirley Stutz pattern)|
|Dogwood Quilt challenge|
|Detail from Pattie's rescue|
|Detail from Karen's quilt|