I brought this project to our quilt retreat last weekend in RI, and for once, it was the only project that I worked on from Thursday through Sunday. This quilt was a block of the month that I purchased online. This project dates back to 2013, but who's counting? I have UFOs much older than this one that are still in the box.
|My eighth block on Saturday night. I finished block number nine on Sunday before we left.|
|Here are the blocks laid out in my hotel room on a king size bed.|
Here's the behind the seams dirt:
- The shop did not provide enough fabric for the blocks. I've been quilting for over 25 years, and I'm a pretty good piecer and a very accurate cutter, but this was challenging. The cutting layouts from the quilt's designer were miserly. The fabric layout for the pieces that were cut from polka dots measured 17 and 3/4" BEFORE cutting and the shop provided fat quarters that were 18" at the widest (with no margin for error if you squared them off.) I noticed that the kit "offered" to sell you an extra 1/8 of each fabric for an additional $5, but if you do the math, they're charging you $20 a yard for 1/4 yard of fabric. I ran out of fabric twice, and a couple of blocks have a lot of selvage in them, which really irks me.
- I used very, very scant 1/4" seams in my blocks. The pattern called for 3 7/8" squares to make 3 1/2 half square finished triangles. I had shreds to square up. I would have rather used 4" squares so I had something to trim, but see #1 above! In some places, some of my seams in the blocks are just a couple of threads wide. Hopefully, some good machine quilting will hold this quilt together. Fortunately, I have no plans to enter it in the Houston Quilt Festival.
- There are 81 pieces in each block. I deliberately did NOT count them until I had made the last star.
- Here's the good news. The quilt only requires nine stars because these are big honking 24 1/2" blocks when finished. This pattern is NOT hard. It is time consuming to cut and sew, but an advanced beginner could make it.
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