Hi everyone! As those of you who have followed me for a while will know I really think trying things out before using them on my primary project is essential for good outcomes. I realize this takes a lot of time for busy fabric artists. Sew one way I’m planning to cut down on the time for this and still have the advantage such testing offers in making decisions is to make something I’m calling “Studio Guides” for techniques and products I use fairly regularly. Making the guides will take a little time, but once done I can eliminate some pretesting and use the studio guides to reference as I go. They can also provide something to look at to keep on track in things like balancing quilting across the quilt. I actually got the idea from watching a YouTube video by Linda Taylor. Here’s the link to that video: 402 Linda Taylor and Sue McCarty
Sew it doesn’t matter how experienced you are, you still may find these helpful for future reference. These are the ones I am thinking of doing:
- Stippling Size Guide
- Most Used Basic Fills Beyond Stipples
- Paints and Crayon Types On Quilted Cotton
- Paints and Crayon Types on Quilted Silk
- Thread Weight Comparison Guide Using Decorative Stitching
- Stitched Raw Edge Applique Stitches Library
I will probably video the making of at least some these in various quick tip videos and may not make them all. This can be fun to do! I will start with the Stippling Size Guide. Note that you will still have to make a small test of how your specific thread, tension, batting and fabrics work together before quilting your major project, but it will only take a minute or two and could be done in the edge of your project that will be cut off when binding, for instance.
Sew happy everyone! Have fun in your studio!