Craftsy Block of the Month 2012 »
InstructionsBe very careful with everything from measuring, cutting, ironing, seams, etc. Your perfectly square chunk of fabric quickly can distort to a parallelogram. Lol.
Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Funky, Retro / Vintage, Mod, Cute, Traditional, Classic
Cotton print and a solid cotton fabric
What was your inspiration?
Seeing everyone else's BOM projects and I strong desire to learn how to quilt. Cool thing about studying everyone else's BOM, I can identify things that I like and don't prefer, potential precision problems, fabric choices, etc.
What are you most proud of?
That thigs are actually lining up really well. I have had only a handful of spots where seams aren't lining up exactly - but AWFULLY CLOSE. Lol. I really love the blue against my pattern pieces. I wished I had one more printed fabric, so I grabbed a favorite from my personal stash (green with stripes). I lucked out because the stripes are the same blue as my background fabric.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Go for it. Lol. Sounds cliche and silly, but true. My mom tried to teach me to quilt 10 years ago. I was not really successful and I wasn't happy with the process and how it turned out. I've always admired quilted projects. My Aunt Mary Jane is an AMAZING quilter (she's been at it for more than 30 years). I've admired everything she's done. After watching everyone else doing it, I started gathering the materials needed and finally started it myself.
I'm still frustrated though. While my seams are lining up (thanks to me being OCD about precision), my final block sizes tend to be smaller than 12.5 inches or end up looking like a parallelogram. I've even been doing the scant 1/4" seam religiously and very careful not to stretch the fabric while sewing/ironing -- it's barely made a difference. Comes better with experience I'm sure... Instead of doing every one of them over again, I'm thinking I may be able to square them up to 12" square blocks and try to compensate for the loss doing final construction. I don't know. Very frustrated.