Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Tuesday, Foundation Piecing

Well, I finally got up the nerve to try paper piecing. It wasn't as easy as it looked. I ripped out all four of the first round of pieces before I got them right, and then I wasn't very good at estimating where the seam would be and if there was enough material to cover the shape. And, finally, I cut the block to the outside border but forgot to add 1/4" to sew it to the rest of the quilt. What a nightmare. I finally just added a 1 1/2" piece all around instead of a 1 1/4" piece to allow for my mistake.

Whew, I'm not sure how much foundation pieceing I'm going to be doing in the future. It does produce some nice results though with very even, straight, matching seams.

Tonight I'll lay the whole thing out and see what I want to do in the four corners before class tomorrow night.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Day ?, Whatever...

Since my last post I've finished two more concentric square blocks. I really need to post some pictures of these blocks.

Our last class on Nov 3 was about foundation piecing and sashing. I am going to attempt to make a foundation block for the center of my quilt. It seems a bit odd to me though, that one would sew on paper and then rip the paper off. It seems I made some blocks years ago similar to this one without the paper. I suppose it makes sense from the point of view that the bias triangles could stretch out of shape.

I will give it a try and report back. I'm stuck on the fact that the pattern Cindi gave us is not accurate. That's my anal retentive side coming out. Everything must be perfectly aligned. So, I will try to draw it over making it even.