Then logic kicks in and I realise that my quilting skill set doesn't quite match my imagination ... does that ever happen to you?
Well it did to me on this occasion ...
|What do you mean I have to sew curves? Eep!|
My swap partner owns her own fabric store in the US ... no pressure, hey folks? ... but that's OK, we share a common love for the colour "rainbow" set against low volume backgrounds.
|Another fan of rainbows|
I dutifully stalked her and saw that she is getting married soon so I thought that a double wedding ring block would be the perfect mini for her!
But, I'm not skilled up on curves just yet ... so I needed to find a way to create this block other than piecing the dreaded curves.
|Sorting colour order on the Design Mattress|
Then, along came Quiltsmart ...
They've come up with a clever way that still allows you (and scaredy cats like me) to piece the arcs but then appliqué them onto a whole background.
I was sold, no curved piecing for this little quilter! But then what's that old saying? "If it looks too good to be true then it probably ....."
Yes, well. I did get a bit stung by this method. Mainly I got tripped up by the template they provided in the kit. If you know Lizzy House, then you'll know that there are plenty of great fussy cutting opportunities to be had playing with her fabrics and that's just what I wanted to do making this double wedding ring mini. I pulled out the template and got cutting ... ensuring that I had a good 1/4" seam allowance all the way around so I wouldn't lose any of my fussy cutting when piecing the arcs.
All was going rather smoothly until I had to sew the fabric arcs to the iron on interfacing. The sew line was much more than 1/4" in from the edge of the template.
|The sewing line is the solid line|
In fact it was a good 3/4's of an inch!
That blew my fussy cutting out of the water - especially the pieces that I had added selvedges to - humpf!
I couldn't change direction at this point, I had to keep going ... and keep going I did! Somewhat off-piste ...
I could no longer follow the directions for my cornerstones and had to make the sizes up myself with a little bit of thumb sucking and measuring on my cutting mat.
|Using my cutting mat to work out the cornerstones|
With a bit of trial and
|Castle Pee?? Whoops!|
... but geez, it felt like hard work. This was supposed to be easy! Why would they provide a template ... a see-through one at that ... that encourages fussy cutting and then make the resulting arc so narrow? Especially as you have to trim to 1/8" seam allowance to allow for a smooth curve when turned anyway.
Let's just say that this Quiltsmart pattern was not fit for purpose, especially if you want to fussy cut. But if you're using fabric that you are happy to waste 1.5" per the length of each arc (3/4" at top of arc and 3/4" at the bottom of the arc) of fabric then this is the pattern for you! Imagine if it was Liberty ... gasp!
So after all that fuss ... here's the finished mini!
I finished it off with some hand stitching using a red perle cotton to set off the aqua/teal cornerstones.
My partner has a red and aqua sewing room, so I thought I would add a little nod to that.
I left the centre of the block empty so that she could embroider her wedding details in the middle as a lasting memory of the special day.
The back is all green and gold ... Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi! and I just had to add some more colour "rainbow" on the back with the leftover selvedges.
I also sent a little pouch along as an extra ...
... but I'll do a separate post on that later with a fun selvedge trick for the zip.
PS to find out more about the Lizzy House Mini Quilt Swap .. go to Instagram and search the hashtag #lizzyhouseminiquiltswap You can find me over there too as @sewgiving