I thought it would be good to have a little recap on some of the things I've discovered while piecing my first real bed sized quilt, so here they are:
- The blocks looked quite different when I put them up on the wall and viewed them from a distance, this helped reinforce aspects of fabric selection (such as scale of print, colour value) that I had read about. Scale of print is a consideration here due to (among other things) the size of the patch. I realised that the reason I was pulling blocks was they had high colour value - so I now know I like white space in a quilt (had already worked that one out) and low value. Is low value the same as low volume?
- I have a tendency to slip at the end of a cut when I'm rotary cutting - this means that my squares were sometimes ever so slightly wonky - sort of more like very slight parallelogram. Something for me to watch.
- Try not to overhandle pieced granny square blocks - they're bias cut which means they're rather stretchy.
- On some blocks I lost quite a lot of my points and I'm wondering if cutting the white/background pieces slightly larger than the coloured blocks (like 1/2" larger) would give me a little more wiggle-room. Or maybe that would just make things worse ... ? This is probably due to inaccurate seam allowances more than anything else I suppose.
- If I do another granny square quilt, I'll just select just a few fabrics and go with the strip piecing tutorial Jolene did for Moda Bake Shop. This would be a much quicker.
- Don't buy your off white homespun from Spotlight off the bolt - I'm not happy with the homespun I got from there (it's thin, it frays, it seems of an inconsistent quality within the one piece of yardage I got which was about 5 metres) - I know of another quilter who has had a problem with some Spotlight homespun, has anyone else had good or bad experience?
- Wow you use an awful lot of thread - you'd use less if you strip piece it.
- And finally, Kristy from Quiet Play is a paper piecing pattern genius! Huh? What's that got to do with granny squares? You'll just have to wait and see ....
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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced