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Sep 2015

Let’s go to Arcadia Avenue

Let’s go to Arcadia Avenue

Have you ever looked at a quilt and thought, “Wow! I’d love to be able to do that!” When I first saw the design for Arcadia Avenue, that was exactly what I thought!!! Now, granted, I have never been a big fan of paper piecing but I am now! What I’ve learned is-I can’t think of one person who could not do this beautiful quilt! While I don’t have it finished yet, I am working on Block 11, I have found it to be quite enjoyable and, dare I say, quite relaxing!!! How can this be, you ask? Well, you aren’t the first and I’m certain you won’t be the last to ask that question! Here’s how, you just sew on the lines!!! I don’t remember “learning” to color inside the lines but I do remember learning to sew on the lines!!! It’s the same concept. At first, you have to be very careful when you’re coloring when you get so close to those lines-don’t go outside of them. It’s the same with paper piecing! You have to sew a little slower and an open toe foot is the best attachment for this. Sew slowly and sew on the lines. You will get perfect points and everything fits together nicely. Voila!!! You have a beautiful quilt like Arcadia Avenue. It takes a little more work and a lot more fabric and even more time BUT the end result is a quilt that everyone “wishes” they could do one just like. I have to admit that I didn’t really jump “out of the box” in my color choices-I chose all the colorful solids that are on the front of the book. I would challenge you to go to Sassafrass Designs Blog and take a peak at some of the colorful ways people have done this quilt!!! Scrappy and fussy cut and a little of this and a little of that! It’s so happy!!! This winter, jump out of your box and try something new. Maybe dip your toes in the slow stitching movement! No one said this has to be done yesterday. Give it a year, after all, there are 12 blocks! See what YOU can do!