Elisa's Back Porch and work like a charm. There were several of us who bought the templates and packets of 20 FQ of batiks which makes a medium sized quilt. One of us (logcabinquilting) stayed up until 2am to finish hers that night! One of the reason I love them is that you get a 8.5" block with just two pieces! How cool and quick is that?
This had been a "find" since she was working on her PhD and had been studying leaf cutter ants. I grabbed it when I saw it and hoped that there might be an occasion to put in a quilt. So -- lots of collecting started and the end result was a large lap sized quilt.
And, because she is Canadian, I thought I'd make a special label. That was not smart. I made up a pattern of the maple leaf and cut it into pieces in order to paper piece it. Never again. This was hard. I'm reasonably happy with result but some of the teeny-tiny pieces and points made me fidget way too much. And -- for all our Canadian family and readers -- HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
I was lucky enough to have a few circles and fabric left over to make a Project Linus quilt that ended up being displayed in the Project Linus booth at the Chicago International Quilt Festival. That was pretty cool!
Which brings us "full circle" to my last circle quilt -- Flying in Circles. I got the plaid fabric in a swap at a small quilt group I attended in Chicago. So, using it as a focus fabric I pulled golds, purples, blues, plums, etc. The border is brick colored and a bit deeper than it shows up here and I used the last of the fabrics to make some flying geese for the border.
I'm looking forward to pulling randomly from the challenge fabrics and seeing how many blocks I can make. I have no idea when I can get to it -- but they are cut and waiting for me and I can periodically pick up 2 fabrics, sew one seam, and have an 8" (finished) block. Gotta love that.
I have one quality control trick that I use that ends up creating close to perfect circles and avoids the square not meeting the circle at the end. I use one pin in these blocks. I pin at the top to make sure I have the pieces square and lined up. I then finger press each piece to get the center and cut the tiniest of notches in each (pins fall out somewhere in the process). All I have to do is slowly sew the pieces (square wedge on top and slowly straightening it as I sew -- but not stretching it). When I get to the notches and they are "close" I know I'm on track and I keep sewing. If they are off too much, then I've probably stretched, didn't maintain a 1/4" seam, lost my focus or didn't have them square at the start. So, I stop and rip. It's easy enough to go on and maybe compensate for it and end up pretty close at the end. But, I'd rather rip a few inches and try again. If the same thing happens again, I've cut badly or notched badly and I rip again and take a deep breath! I hate for the block to win. At the end, a pair of tweezers is wonderful to keep the pieces moving through the machine and squared up since squaring at the end is just as important.
I hope you have been flying in circles in only the best of ways! Jan