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!|
I'm linking up with the talented quilters over at Freshly Pieced.