I find it fascinating to think that in the old days, patchwork pieces were cut out individually, tacked onto paper shapes and sewn together by hand. Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers worked meticulously to create their beautiful quilts. We live in a different era today with rotary cutters and sewing machines that help make quick work of piecing together fabric for patchwork quilts.
The great thing is that though the tools used in quilting have changed drastically over the years, the fundamental principles and techniques of quilting are still the same. Once you are comfortable with basic elements of piecing, you can translate them into hundreds of different combinations to explore, express, and play.
Learning these basic skills used to be passed down from generation to generation, but nowadays that seems to be the exception rather than the rule. Today, there is a vast number of resources available to teach you all you need to know. However, I know that it can be overwhelming to try to learn everything. That’s again where the importance of knowing the BASICS comes in.
All piecing is made up a small number of certain elements. I want to make learning those elements incredibly simple and stress-free for you. I have put together a new DVD called “Building Blocks for Quilts – Volume 1” that lays out the basics of what you’ll need to create your own exquisite quilt designs. You can learn more about this valuable tool at http://equiltblock.com/