I need to make 10 of these for the next round of my Dance of the Poinsettias – which is now the name of my Can Can quilt, thanks to a comment left on my last post!
I really am enjoying making this top but I wanted to see if I could speed it up with some hybrid piecing. This little pink and white unit is perfect for that.
The centre two skinny pink diamonds are machine pieced.
As are the pairs of two larger white diamonds that are on either side of the unit.
The piecing that’s left to do is all continuous piecing, which makes it fun to hand piece and so much faster to put together. Now it will take just three threads to join the unit together.
And it looks like this completed! I’m sold on hybrid piecing now and will, I think, look for more opportunities to use it in other quilts.
The piecing is finished and the seams are graded, and it presses perfectly.
I looked at the remaining parts of the top to see what else would be perfect for hybrid piecing and identified quite a bit. And then I was sitting at the sewing machine, chain piecing lots and lots of the larger white diamonds and skinny green diamonds into pairs and some other elements as well. My goal is to leave only the continuous piecing, aka the fun stuff, for hand piecing. Along with making this more fun and faster to put together, I think this has been a great learning curve for me and I’ll definitely be doing more hybrid piecing in the future. That way maybe I can get more things done a bit quicker! Of course having the perfect stitching lines printed on the back of my fabrics helps bolster my confidence while machine piecing as well.
Baxter was sitting on the couch and being oh, so cooperative as I took pictures of him. I love this one – it shows his little white milk moustache.