Last Saturday Isabelle J. and I attended the Northwest Quilt Connection meeting in Mount Vernon, Washington. The speaker was Susan Mayer, a prolific quilt maker and pattern designer. Her topic was “Tips for a Perfect Quilt” along with a trunk show. She had patterns available for all the quilts. It was excellent presentation.
Here are a few pictures from the meeting and a few of her words of wisdom.
- Choose all dusty or all clear colours for a quilt, unless it is scrappy.
- When directions say a selection of light and dark – think contrast.
- Use sizing instead of starch. Her circles were appliquéd, sprayed with sizing, and “ironed into submission”.
- Cut down on UFO’s. If you are trying a new pattern just do 4 blocks before cutting “all” the pieces. If you don’t like them you are left with lengths of fabric instead of many blocks.
- If your seams are curving around bumps – you need a new needle.
- Take a picture of your quilt before you sandwich it and look for any mistakes.
- When you find a pattern you like, do it over and over using different fabrics. For example the following two pairs of quilts.
- Be creative and play in the borders.
Susan’s attitude of playing with patterns and her use of bright colour were an inspiration!