In the June 2015 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting, designer Jean Wells teaches us how to expand our piecing horizons with a new technique — skinny insert strips — and shows us how to play with color. The editors were so excited to learn this technique and create their own projects. See what they made below and share your own creations inspired by Piece & Play using the hashtag #apqlearnalong on Facebook and Instagam. And follow along with new projects and inspiration at www.allpeoplequilt.com/learnalong.
Elizabeth Tisinger Beese, editor of American Patchwork & Quilting
Elizabeth says: ”For my zippered bag, I started with pinks, corals, and browns from my palette box, then added in a tiny bit of orange for a little kick. I found out I LOVE this technique of skinny insert strips! I even used leftover pieces cut off my blocks from the first Piece & Play assignment and used those as skinny insert strips. This is my favorite technique yet!”
Jill Abeloe Mead, editor
Jill says: ”Nature inspired this little doodle cloth. It was constructed during one of those “what if…” moments, trying out color and proportion and various sewing techniques. The teal strip at center was the same width as the teal strip to its left. Random pintucks “shrunk” the width and added texture. Adding a skinny strip, such as the sliver of lime green, isn’t easy, but the zing it adds to the color scheme is well worth the effort.”
Lindsay Fullington, assistant multimedia editor
Lindsay says: ”I tried really hard to get skinny strips. But as I’ve said in past posts, I’m just not a fan of tiny pieces. I definitely need to practice this one a little more, because I love the look! Even in the teal strips (about as tiny as I could get on my first try), I think the little peek of color and the dramatic curve of the fabric adds so much interest with the patterns and colors of the fabric (fabrics from the Hadley collection from Dear Stella). The geometric flower print is once I haven’t used from my palette box yet and it really pulls all the colors together.”