In September Elizabeth chose this happy color palette and the traditional inspiration of the Grandmother's Fan quilt block with some guidelines for us to use improv piecing to modernize the block.

I had such fun creating these blocks for Elizabeth. The best part of improv is that the leftover bits that don't fit into one block became the sourdough starter for me to begin the next block. The second best part is that you can't tell where I made "mistakes" cause it's improv and I just rolled with it!

You can learn all the improv skills I used here in my Building an Improv Toolbox workshop. I'm available for in-person and Zoom workshops for guilds. And individuals can signup now for my November 5 workshop with QuiltFest Virtual Schoolhouse #3.

Can't wait to see Elizabeth's finished quilt!


Hello friends! If you had a hard time finding TGIFF with me this week, I apologize. My web serving was affected by the hurricane in Florida and I had to temporarily host through Instagram (which is a little unorthodox for TGIFF). It's Friday morning my time and the web service is back up so I'm sharing my project here now. I hope you'll link up your finishes below for TGIFF.

I *finally* finished a quilt this week that has been in the works for quite a while. It was quilted by @threadedquilting back in January 2020 and has been waiting to be bound.


This 45” x 63” lap quilt is one of three sized in my Scattered Squares pattern which will be released next month. Be sure you're on my mailing list so you don't miss the announcement when it's released.

Please link up your FINISHES below with me for TGIFF (Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday).

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Welcome to my stop on the Back to School Blog Hop for 2022! Now that my kids have been back in school for a few weeks, I've gotten back into the groove of getting into my studio more regularly. I've done some sewing, some tidying, some planning, and some writing. :-)

My newest class is Building an Improv Toolbox. (P.S. You can take it with me on November 5!) In improv I often don't concern myself with things lining up precisely, but even then, sometimes I do want it to happen. These tips are for those times... in addition to any precise piecing for patterns and traditional blocks.

First Tip - Press Seams Open

I like my seams pressed open for two reasons. The first is that I do a lot of my own quilting and really like how flat these seams lay when I'm doing free motion quilting on my domestic machine. Second, I find it really helps me with the precision! I've never had great luck with nested seams landing exactly where they should. This method helps me achieve perfect points when I want them.

Use a thin, high quality thread (my preference is Aurifil 50wt cotton thread for piecing) and reduce your stitch length a smidge for best results.


Second Tip - Use Pins

I don't use pins all the time, but when I want something to perfectly match up, I pull out the pins. I start by sticking one pin perpendicularly through the fabric -- right through the seam and 1/4" from the edge of the fabric. Then I go through the second layer of fabric with the same pin, stabbing through the seam 1/4" from the edge of the fabric. Obviously, we can't sew with a pin perpendicular to the fabric, so next I take two more pins and pin on either side of my guide pin. Then I remove that perpendicular guide pin and head to the machine.

Top view of pin through seams, 1/4 inch from the top edge.

Bottom view of pin through seams, 1/4 inch from the top edge.

Pin on either side of the seams.

Remove initial guide pin.

Final seam, pressed open and flat.


Third Tip - Just Sew a Little Bit

If that desired perfect point is in the middle of a long seam there is nothing worse than realizing it's a bit off and having to seam rip the entire seam. When these precise points fall in the middle of a long seam I just sew about an inch on either side of the point. With seams pressed open and pins as described above, I sew a couple inches including the point. Then I can take it to the ironing board and even temporarily press the seam as desired to get a good look at the precision. If I'm happy, I press the seams closed and return to my machine to sew the entire seam (right over my previous stitching for the test patch). If I'm unhappy with the precision then I only have a couple inches to rip out to try again.


Be sure to visit every stop on the hop!

Sept. 15 - Geeky Bobbin - Press for Success! -

Sept. 16 - Katie Mae Quilts - Storage Solutions From The School Supplies Section -

Sept. 17 - Quilting Jetgirl - Make A Design Wall You Can Use Your Hera Marker Against -

Sept. 18 - Karen Bolan - How to Get Perfect Tension -

Sept. 19 - Devoted Quilter - How To Trim HSTs Without A Specialty Ruler -

Sept. 20 - Sarah Ruiz - Calculating Quilt Backing and Binding Fabric Requirements -

Sept. 21 - Andy Knowlton - How To Sew Quilt Blocks With Partial Seams -

Sept. 22 - Lisa Ruble - Curved Piecing Doesn't Have To Be Scary (Or Perfect!) -

Sept. 23 - Sarah Goer Quilts (you're here!) - Tips for Piecing Precise Points -

Sept. 24 - Faith and Fabric - Spinning Intersections On Four Patch Blocks - The Easy Way! -

Sept. 25 - Judit Hajdu - Draw String Bag - For Lunch Or Gym -

Sept. 26 - Sugar Sand Quilt Co. - The Care And Feeding Of The Wild Longarm Quilter -

Sept. 27 - Hilary Jordan - Quick & Easy Pattern Matching Technique for Quilt Backings -

Sept. 28 - True Blue Quilts - Sketch Then Stitch...Better FMQ Through Doodling -

Sept. 29 - Sunflower Quilting - A Quilting Tip -

Sept. 30 - Slightly Biased Quilts - Perfect Hand Binding Tips -