13 minutes ago
Thursday, 25 March 2010
cursing the curves
This quilt crawled into my head a little while ago and has refused to leave. Not until I make my own, at least.
The trouble is, I'm not very good with curves. Or at least I can't get them to lie as flat as I would like, or to not pucker up at all. On a few of the blocks I've made so far you could be forgiven in thinking I'd sewn a ruffle on the seam there's that many puckers. Still, Amy assures me her's puckered too. So if it's good for the goose and all...
PLUS - this is going to be my absolute saving grace - Amy says that in her template she didn't include seam allowances so the pieces shouldn't actually fit together all that well anyway. Ha! GENIUS. I can blame the template for my shoddy stitching. Thank you Amy. You are a wonderful woman. My plan is to get this little beauty (the top) finished by the end of the weekend. So I can hang it up on the door to my fabric closet along with the other tops that need basting and quilting. (One of them was supposed to be for my friend's little boy's birthday....just before Christmas. Maybe I'll get it done by his 2nd birthday? It's a good thing she's a good friend)
This set of fabrics (by Jay McCarroll) I've had in my stash for too long. It was originally planned to be used for a quilt for Ginge, but he doesn't like them, so this is my practise quilt before I start another one for real. Not sure what the 'real' quilt will be made out of. Maybe a random selection of favourites.
I'm 16 quarters in - in one morning - that's pretty good going, isn't it? I had to go to school for a parent/teacher consultation too, and to get some bread from the local shop. The cursing has given way to happy humming. Except when I prick my fingers on one of the 3 billion pins I've got in place to try to stop the puckering issues. They're not helping much. But ruffles are cute, right?
If you want to make a roundabout quilt like Amy's, she has the tutorial on her blog right here. There's a flickr group for more inspiration here.
Posted by Katy Jones at 14:06
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