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Tumbling blocks with Jennie Rayment

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TUMBLING BLOCKS:  Cut three diamonds.

1. Lay out all three sections R/S up; mark small dot in each corner at the centre where the three pieces touch. The mark goes at junction of the stitching line.

2. Sew two diamonds. Sew from the dot down the seam using 0.65cm (¼") S/A. Open out and turn to R/S.

3. Inser third diamond into inserted into the V shaped end. Place third diamond on the left-hand side of the unit, R/S together. Align the central dots and raw edges.

4. Turn to W/S (diamond 3 now at the back); sew from the dot outwards. (If the pieces are joined in this order, the start of the first seam will be visible when you sew the second one. Both seams touch and start at the dot.)

5. Open out and swivel the pieces round, sew the last seam. Ensure that all previous seams are pushed away from the last stitching line.

6. Press all three seams as flat as possible. With the point of the iron, fan out the junctions of the seams in the centre.

This technique is sometimes called a ‘Y’ seam or an insertion - now you can see why!

There you are - a nice neat hexagon. Was it that bad? Occasionally, a small hole occurs at the centre of the three seams (possibly the seam stitching did not start exactly on the dot), join together with a few firm hand stitches.

Jennie teaches a wide variety of classes for all levels and abilities of sewers from patchworkers, quilters and embroiderers to fashion, soft furnishing and home décor enthusiasts.

Indeed, anyone interested in any form of needlework will be totally captivated by her deviously ingenious textural designs and can benefit from the wealth of creative ideas arising from her magic manipulations.

Although, much of her work is created in simple calico known as muslin in the USA, her elegant ideas and natty notions may be adapted for any type of fabric and used to make quilts, wallhangings, boxes, baskets, cushions, table linen and of course fashion garments and accessories.

 

She works and teaches on a variety of sewing machines from Bernina, Husqvarna, Pfaff to Brother, Janome and Elna but her delectable creations can be made by hand.

 

With six books on fabric manipulation techniques - all still in print, many articles and a variety of patterns including a twiddled and fiddled Block of the Month quilt, Jennie’s material magic goes on and on.

 

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Nowadays, her work is exhibited in various galleries, at shows and exhibitions around the world. Most of her time is spent zapping round the world persuading people to 'Nip, Tuck, Twiddle and Fiddle' as well as manipulate and manoeuvre bits of fabric shapes into fascinating and innovative designs and patterns. In between she makes quilts, garments and all manner of other tucked up treasures.

www.jennierayment.com

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