Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Debbie Caffrey

Debbie Caffrey was a guest speaker at our guild recently. She uses a lot of HST (half-square triangles) and little squares. When she creates her quilts, some of her blocks are designed into quarters and a small sashing is inserted - like a window pane.

I took a full-day workshop on Power Cutting. She started with how to get your fabric on grain and squared up so you can cut accurately. Her Power Cutting method starts by placing a large ruler on the folded fabric and cutting your strips from RIGHT to LEFT. This is an efficency movement because you are not disturbing the fabric and just sliding the ruler to the left. She showed us many niffty tips and tricks to make cutting quick and accurate!
I highly recommend her books, they are well illustrated and clearly written. Power Cutting Too Book - covers HST, QST, Flying Geese and more. The Power Cutting Book is especially helpful for new quilters. Click on the title of this blog to be taken to her website to see all her books and patterns.

When you can make a lot of HST quickly and accurately, it isn't so painful to make these beautiful quilts! Here are HST in two quilts. The left-overs were used in the "Tree of Life" quilt.

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