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  • Civil War Blocks

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Civil War Blocks

After working with neutral fabrics all week, I need some colour ! I signed up at Craftsy for a class with Kaye England quite a while ago, at the time I played the class through and found that Kaye approaches quilting from a whole new angle. The one thing I took from the class at the time was NO PINS ! after trying this I found that I actually love NOT pinning. Believe it or not my points match better. Kaye is featured in Quilt Mania's latest issue, after reading about her I was curious to review her class again, this time I thought I would make the quilt she works on in class and try her methods. No Pinning and no Ironing the blocks until they are finished although she does finger press as she goes. (But not much) For me it has been really hard to resist the iron! I am still not so sure about that part, but I have found Kaye's class to be full of great information and it has been really fun to make these blocks and much faster then running to the iron all day long.Kate is such an inspiring lady, with a contagious personality. I am so glad I did this class with her. Take a look at my blocks, ( I apologize if these pics are a bit blurry as I have had to take them with my phone ) I have totally randomly chosen the fabrics and color scheme.            ( another little test ) I wanted to see how color works when you don't try too hard to control it. I am amazed at how easy it has been for me to let go and play. Also how much fun I have had. I challenge you to take test. NO Pins........ NO Iron.........and No controlling the color  !!!!!! Civil War BlocksBarbara Fritchie StarRemember MeYankee Puzzle BlockTemperance BlockSherman's March Block Would love to have you comment on what works for you! Happy Stitching Sharon  

Comments on this post (6)

  • Aug 03, 2016

    Your blocks look fabulous and I am intrigued with the no pins idea, and I am on Craftsy a lot, so I may just try this! I love finding new ways to try things and it would certainly help me with my always ongoing colour deliberations too!

    — Esther Aliu

  • Aug 03, 2016

    Thanks Rebecca
    It has taken me some time to get used to the no pins and no iron too, that’s one reason for doing all the blocks. I must admit the more blocks I do the more I am getting used to it and finding it has improved accuracy. I am tempted with the rulers too LOL

    — Sharon Keightley

  • Aug 03, 2016

    Thanks Sue
    Its a fun quilt.

    — Sharon Keightley

  • Aug 03, 2016

    LOVE your colours. Very nice!

    — sue

  • Aug 03, 2016

    I took a class with Kaye in person at my Bernina dealer once. She is so entertaining! I ended up buying the whole set of her Nifty Notions Cut For the Cure specialty rulers, which I do like now that I have finally figured out how to use most of them. But I can’t abide by the no pins and no iron rule, not unless I’m hand piecing while driving (my sons hate it when I do that!). Your blocks are lovely!

    — Rebecca Grace

  • Aug 03, 2016

    Hi Esther
    I think it’s well worth a try, it takes a bit of getting used to. I found I had to persevere to get it right.

    — Sharon Keightley

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