Saturday, 30 June 2012

Why QQ Made Potato Chip Quilts


Members of Queanbeyan Quilters made a number of these quilts to be part of our donation of quilts to  Japanese tsunami survivors. Other of these quilts will be distributed to local worthy causes as required.

Armed with a print out of Kay Sorensen's Potato Chip Quilt directions from her Blog 'Quilts + Color' we held a sewing night with about 20 members in attendance. As Kay notes 'you can not stop at one'.

The photos below show some tips we picked up during our evening.
Please read from the bottom of the sixth photo below up to the one immediately below.


Piecing finished. Some members pressed seams as they went, others preferred to press at the end. Note that there will be 32 horizontal strips in the piece. From centre out you join 2, then 4, then 8 then 16 joined to give you the 32 strips.


Ends of strips joined to zingers/chips/highlights to form one long continuous strip.


Chain pieced strips with zingers/chips/highlights attached.


The long strip is 1600 to 1700 inches long depending on the number of strips used. In this quilt I used 50 strips. You will always sew a total of 5 horizontal seams, each one half the length of the previous.


Most important is to cut about 18" from the first strip. The scissors show where to cut AFTER seaming the long horizontal seam. Please note the seam has not been sewn in this photo.


Machine set-up - stitch length 2.5 - adding zingers/chips/highlights to each strip. Some members preferred to fit their seam guide accessory to give them an accurate seam at 'full speed'.

There are further 'potato chip' photos to be posted (one made of 1.5" strips) - they will appear in the next few days.

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