Wednesday, July 20, 2011

And what has Pam been doing for two days?? Well, Pam has had constant interruptions and has been working until midnight, but a new Christmas pattern collection is about to emerge from the two days!
I am doing so many things at once there are times I actually have to just walk away from it. I'm not sure if a BLOG is where you tell everyone about the wonderful good things that you are trying to do, and if not, well....I'm sorry, but I am trying to do some wonderful new things and I have to talk about them.
Pam's Club is taking off like a rocket, and the more we get into it, the more we find to offer to our quilting friends.
When Robert and I teach at guilds we hear continual complaints about how many rulers people have in their drawers and how many ways they have tried to accomplish two tasks accurately: One is Flying Geese and the main one is Triangle-Squares. Triangle-Squares seem to intimidate a lot of people and we have studied every single way that is out there to make them accurately.
As far as I'm concerned, and Susan is concerned (she teaches as well), drawing lines and anything to do with the grid method is stone age techniques. It's laborious no matter how you approach it, and drawing lines on the bias in our humble opinion is a "No No" unless it is absolutely necessary.
We just added five new videos to Pam's Club, which I hope will make people really think about what they are doing, and what they are learning - and how they are learning certain techniques. For those who do "snowball" or "diagonal corners", Susan even has pressing techniques that show you how to press these units so that seams "lock" when you are trying to match seams, making the task ten times easier.
There are pdf patterns with 4 of the videos and I have just added 9 more traditional blocks that normally require Triangle-Squares, and there is not one Triangle-Square in them. So you no longer need to use paper grids either, which we found to be very time consuming.
We are not new at this. We have done our homework to try and help people in several ways. One way is to save money, and the other way is to save time.
We have a sample video on our home page with the Flying Geese technique, and it is also on the Welcome page of our Facebook Fan page. Does it waste a little fabric? Yes, in some cases it does, but when you trim off the seams, rather than throwing the fabric away, just stitch 1/4" from the seam line, trim between the seams and you have Triangle-Squares to use on other projects.
I would love to hear feedback from folks on this. One lady was kind enough to actually send us a photo comparison of Susan's way of doing Flying Geese VS. the other methods. With Susan's method, there is no bulk in the seams, which is another major problem when trying to match seams. Give it a shot. What have you got to lose? There is not one Triangle-Square in any of the photos!!

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