The other day I was working on a block and it must have been my state of mind at the time but I decided to try something different. I was working on a project with lots of corner triangles (can’t post that yet) and usually I’d mark and pin my square pieces before piecing, I mean perfection is all that important right or not ;). Well this time I tried a tip I’ve seen in a few places and even tried a couple of times on my own for accurate 1/4″ seam. I reached for my draping tape…if you’ve ever seen an episode of Project Runway then you know the one I’m talking about?
It’s those thin colorful tapes for draping on a body form…and why do I have this tape?…well I’m a huge fan of Project Runway and I was at one point all about fashion design, so I invested in notions and tools that seemed necessary at the time. I’m not doing any draping lately but it sure came in handy…ah where was I? Yes- I took out the tape and marked the ¼ point on my machine, aligned the diagonal point of my pieces to the marked line and stitched hoping to achieve the desired result.
Result…not so perfect seams but then again perfection is overrated *shhhh* I didn’t say that! I was probably too stuck on getting it right that I lost focus, not to worry “practice makes perfection”.
I have since been using this method and achieving better results however it can’t be compared to the result I get with my old method of marking and pinning. I have somehow convinced myself that this little imperfection doesn’t really affect the final block outcome and really it doesn’t – not in a way that makes the method totally unacceptable see block below:
In retrospect though have I gotten too lazy to go the long route or have I just gained more experience in Quilting that I can now confidently take some shortcuts? After all I get to be more efficient time wise, and every little time you save matters right?
On the other hand is it a worthy sacrifice, perfection for time efficiency?…I mean I don’t know yet, still trying it out. One thing I know for sure is that time taken to complete a project fades away when compared to the joy of a perfectly completed project. I’ve ripped out so many stitches and sighed so many times because of mistakes I didn’t know I was making but why not err on the side of caution than walk right into a trap right? Using this method, I’ve had to restitch several seams because they ended up curvy rather than straight and that caused me more trouble down the line trying to match my points.
On a final note, while I will continue to use this method because I believe I can perfect it in due time, I have resolved to stick to my old method for projects where perfection is absolutely necessary or where skipping the marking won’t really be saving me that much time. I am also reviewing my whole process to see areas where perfection is less important and other tips/shortcuts to better efficiency. I promise to keep you posted as I get along.
What are your thoughts, are there shortcuts/tips you have learnt over time for a more efficient piecing or more efficient process altogether? I’d like to read all about them so kindly comment below.
Thanks for stopping by and do have a great weekend ahead…until next time XX
P.S: The Quilting process series continues next week and we’ll be talking about the fun stuff…FABRICS!!!