Wednesday, 14 March 2012

WIP Wednesday

One of the things that I am enjoying the most about this quilt is the way that it affords me the opportunity to try out lots of different quilt blocks. I have decided to be a fearless beginner and jump in with both feet. Why allow myself to develop phobias of different techniques before I even try them? Its time to be brave. If I see a block and like the look of it, I'm going to give it a go even if other quiver in their boots!

The first block that I tried out this week was the starflower block. I followed this tutorial. I love the way that it turned out. The only thing that annoys me is that I got my layout slightly wrong so it doesn't alternate orange and aqua all the way round. As this is the ONLY thing that I did wrong, I have decided to accept the mistake and hope that I'm the only one who notices!

The second block that I tried was the snail trail block. This was suggested last week by Jess when I asked for ideas of new blocks to try. I followed her really clear tutorial.

The good news: I love how this block turned out. I kept the fabrics simple to allow the contrasting colours to do their thing. The seams are straight and the corners are clean. To be honest, in general I'm a bit gobsmacked by how good it looks.

The bad news: (yes unfortunately there is some) Its half an inch smaller than it should be. In my defence, its too small in all directions so at least I am consistent in my mistake. The fault sits in my seam allowances which are consistently just over 1/4 inch instead of just under 1/4 inch (Grrr, a beginners mistake!).

More good news: Making these blocks left me with left over piece from both of these blocks. So I got a second chance at both of them.

More bad news: I repeated the snail trail block before I discovered the sizing problem. I was feeling a bit over confident and sewed it without referring to the tutorial. I don't know what I did but this one ended up even smaller!

Even more good news: The second, small snail block allowed me enough margin to add a decent border around the edge. The sewing is crisp with beautiful points and everything lines up as it should so I'm not too upset about my sizing. At this point I'm not sure if this border will remain or if I'll change it for another colour. What do you think?

Even more bad news: I repeated the colour mix up on the second starflower block- Can you believe it?!

A final piece of good news: I paid attention to my seams and managed perfect scant seams on the second starburst block. The block measures 12.5inch dead on!

Don't worry, I'm not going to have identical repeat blocks on my quilt and I'm not going to put good blocks to waste. If you are curious what I did with the practise blocks, come back tomorrow.

And here's how the quilt is coming together so far- looking good don't you think!?

I have altered the unicorn so that it is no longer headed downhill. I just haven't got round to taking a new photo yet!
Right, I'm off to search for some clear tutorials. I hope to see you again next week. I'm thinking I might try paper piecing before then, wish me luck!

I'm linking up with the talented quilters over at Freshly Pieced.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. Look at you go!!!!! they look great!! And it's a learning process - next time you'll know about the silly seams and will probably spend ages checking it's ok before sewing! Well done you - cant wait to see what you do next! xx

  2. WOW these are amazing amazing amazing !! !! Can't wait to see mine in amongst them all!
    Don't let paper piecing scare you! I LOVE it LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

  3. hey, what a fantastic job you did!!! keep it up!
    i love the fabrics you used, lovely color scheme.

  4. At least you are having fun. learning something and keeping busy :)

  5. Your blocks look great! So glad you like the tutorial and I really appreciate your sending me your link. :)

  6. Wow, wow WOW girl. Go you!!
    You have approached quilting exactly how I did in the beginning... I went for all the hardest stuff first. Well ok maybe with the exception of curves - but that's more a time issue than a really I'm too scared to issue. I've got too busy to quilt, it's very sad :(

    I see some cathedral windows in your future next ;)
    Or have you already done those and I've somehow missed them LOL

  7. These are looking great! Oh and I wouldn't have noticed the colour mix up in the star flower block if you hadn't mentioned it - too busy admiring how fabulous it looks. Your blocks are coming together beautifully - it'll be a fabulous quilt!

    Good luck with the paper piecing! So much fun!!

  8. These look great! I really like your fabric choices. It's great that you are learning from your mistakes, too. Have fun with paper piecing!

  9. oh they are looking lovely! Your color palette is yummy!

  10. I think your blocks are looking great and I agree that the color palette is great!

  11. Love all of your blocks - the orange and aqua colourway is so pretty!

  12. seriously stunning work- I wouldn't have guessed you were a beginner if you hadn't mentioned it. I am super impressed. Keep it up, you obviously have a knack for patchwork.

  13. They are both fab blocks! This quilt is going to be fantastic when it's finished.

  14. I've been playing with my 1/4" for a while now and I constantly work with different threads/feet to figure out what I like best. I've been quilting for 14 years and I still work on getting the "perfect" 1/4". Keep at it!

  15. The combination of orange, aqua, and grey, is so perfect! I would never have thought to put them together. Now I'm in love with it.

    I also love your "fearless beginner" philosphy. I've talked myself into being scared of so many techniques that I haven't even tried yet. You've inspired me to take on learning how to bind a quilt. Wish me luck!

    Thank you for sharing.

  16. the colours look great and I love that very first block on your montage. My seams are always a little hit and miss width wise. I just started using a 1/4" foot and it's a revelation!

  17. Looks great! I would never have picked up the colour issue in the star block if you hadn't pointed it out. (But I do the same thing: sometimes we really are our own worst critics.)

    Love the quilt - the colours are fabulously eye-popping.

  18. These all look great! I love the colors you are using.

  19. Great blocks. Awesome color choice!

  20. i love the star one funny enough i was googling new ideas for the new bee and came across that one and then went to flickr and seen yours LOVE it.
    Your going awesome!


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