Friday, February 15, 2013
Harder than you think...
Remember the first time you went in to a quilt shop to "pull" a quilt? I suspect most of us go in with one idea and come out with a completely different palette.
There is a LOT of sewing in this quilt. The 90 blocks each have 21 pieces in them (sashing finishes at 1") and then I sashed the left side and top on each block as I went. I did not want to trust getting all those little 1" square sashing blocks out of alignment for my geometric girl! It worked and the blocks pretty much lined up with minimal "scootching" required.
While I love this book and am about to start a new quilt from it out of my beautiful pink FQ bundle from my-niece-the-quilter -- I urge you to read it carefully and work out the pattern in your head. I've fussed a bit before that the quilts are all reduced to minimal steps and without caution, you can over cut. I actually was able to do a little bit of strip piecing on this quilt by thinking it through and speeding up the process just a tad. In the end, this quilt is 7.5' x 7.5'. It's not a small quilt and mis-cutting batiks would have made me very very very unhappy. As it was, my waste has been minimal.
I hope you have someone in your life that loves your quilting and wants to share in it in some way!