If it looks familiar, that's because I tested the block out with my fall fabrics for the Leafs Me Happy Blog Hop last week (see the post here). One would think that testing the block would have given me some insight on how to complete the block successfully. Well, yes and no. I still had troubles. Lots and lots of troubles! In fact, I would say the test block came together the easiest. But of course, I am too stubborn to give up easily.
If you look at the block above, you can see clearly that I need to work on those center points, and the block appears slightly off center (because it is, see the bottom fans are not even).
Lynne at Lily's Quilts provided the help I needed (check out her post). I added at least 1/2 inch onto the outside seam allowances, so I would be able to trim the block to size, thus avoiding the lopsidedness of my test block. Also, Lynne recommends sewing all your individual pieces together by starting from the points outward. This REALLY helped! If you sew in the other direction, even the best pinning job can shift a bit, making your points crooked.
These lovely tips got me through the paper piecing of the block, but that didn't mean that disaster could strike....I trimmed one of the blocks to small on one side, and had to start the whole block over again (now I have a small red, white and blue one for myself!). Also, one bee mate didn't choose a color combo and wanted to be surprised. As I was cutting all my fabric out, the one box I hadn't touched in a while was my black/white/gray box. But, I didn't consult the information about my bee mate given at the start of the bee. Turns out she dislikes neutral colors, and what color did I make her block? Yep, black, gray and white - can't get any more neutral than that! So another block needed to be made for her.
|I'll keep this one!|
Now, I am still no expert, and not all my points came out perfectly. But, I think these turned out nicely. I hope my bee mates agree.
I am considering writing up a little "review" of this block - a lessons learned type thing, since there were many. I need a few days to put my thoughts together. As for paper piecing, I might need to take a little break after these. Unfortunate, since the How Far Will You Go QAL has several paper pieced blocks that I need to catch up on. These stars were time consuming and a bit frustrating, and my brain needs to reset. I think I will go back to curves...ha!
Now then, enough about me and my struggles for the week. What have you been working on?
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Until next week,