Indian Summer by Quiltworx started my love of paper piecing ♥.
This quilt was my first paper piecing project and the first time I worked with batiks.
Maureen Wood, a Judy Niemeyer Quilting Certified Instructor offered a special course for the guild, Boundary Bay Quilters. We choose any Judy Neimeyer Quilting design (Quiltworx) we wanted and she would teach us how to make it.
In class, Maureen taught us the method for:
- reading the pattern
- cutting our fabrics
- prepping the newsprint templates
- organizing our sewing with clips and clear bags
- lining up our fabrics for sewing, and
- trimming after sewing
Kindly and patiently, she helped us individually on our projects as we sewed. I picked contrasting coloured batiks and went for it! I mean, if I liked the fabric enough to buy it, how bad can it be?
For the border, I took my time and sorted the colours so that they blended. The beautiful long-arm quilting was done by Maple Leaf Quilters. I love the variegated coloured thread she chose and the fun pinwheels. It pops the colours and blends in at the same time.
In the end, paper piecing wasn’t hard. It also wasn’t easy. It was just a new technique that I enjoyed.
If you have the opportunity to learn from a certified instructor, I highly recommend it. Even though the class was years ago, I continue using the techniques Maureen taught us on other Quiltworx patterns.