Monday, June 11, 2018

Modern Sampler, Block 4

I've been wanting to make a Swoon quilt/Carpenter's Wheel quilt for several years but haven't taken the plunge. I broke down the block to eliminate as many seams as possible without introducing any Y-seams.

Unfortunately when I was working out the math I made a snafu and a bunch of pieces that I cut out were too small. so I had to swap out one fabric entirely because I didn't have enough to complete the block, and I had to substitute some of the yellow fabric because I ran out of it as well. I think the block would have been much stronger if I had stuck to three fabrics but it just didn't turn out that way.

Also, if I had it to do over again I wouldn't have cut the HSTs on the bias. The gingham background fabric shows it really strongly and those blocks look out of place compared with the rest. Live and learn.

This time I used the no-waste flying geese method, but the first time I sewed them they still turned out 1/8" too small all the way around. I finally broke down and switched out the 1/4" foot I had been using to my open toe foot and did another seam test. There are definitely some things I don't like about the 1/4" foot and I think I'll be happier using the open toe from now on.

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Except for the snafus I did enjoy making this block. I could see myself making an entire swoon quilt someday. This block is 24" square.

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