Thursday, January 14, 2016

Another test block -

For the New Year I "cut and kitted" up some projects from my stash - ;))

The Layer Cake -
Double Chocolat - 3 Sisters - Moda
Is slowly become a Basic Math Quilt -
Moda Bake Shop - Original Recipe - by Debbie Grifka -
HERE - ;))

Then I had a bunch of Mill House Inn -
By Joanna Figueroa, Fig Tree & Co for Moda

A Layer Cake -
Two Charm Packs -
And one Turnover - ;))

The Turnover was perfect for the Choc-O-Cherry Turnover Treat -
Moda Bake Shop - Original Recipe - by Monica Solorio-Snow -
HERE - ;))

I have the blocks made but I'm not sure yet how I want to lay them out - ;))

The Charm Packs may wind up being coasters -
Haven't decided yet - ;))

But the Squirrel I mentioned the other day is the Layer Cake -
Destined for a Churn Dash Pinwheel -
Missouri Star Quilt Co -
Disappearing Pinwheel Part 2 - The Churn Dash Pinwheel -
HERE - ;))

Before I cut into the Layer Cake -

I watched the video again -

And I cut the pieces for a test block from some 10" squares I had on hand - ;))

They now have 5 variations for this Disappearing Pinwheel -

Cool!! - ;))

But here again - the outside edges of this block are all on the bias -

And I am NOT a fan of outside bias edges - ;))

That's one reason I don't like the Twister Ruler -

Perfectly square blocks are re-cut on the bias and then resewn together -

Which doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me -

I would rather have the bias seams on the INSIDE of the block -

But then again - it's probably just me - ;))

Anyway -

This block and its variations are really fun -


Now I have to decide whether I want to make one of the bias edge versions -

Or a straight edge Churn Dash Block like I did before - ;))

The Disappearing Pinwheel version is more interesting -

But it's those dang bias edges that get me -

And yet they don't seem to bother Jenny (Missouri Star Quilt Co.) at all -

She uses it to her advantage saying that the "give" makes it easier to match the seams - ;))

Maybe she's right - ;))

But for now - it's decisions, decisions - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


Julie Fukuda said...

So glad I grabbed a minute to look in, I wouldn't have wanted to miss this post.
I don't sew by machine so probably those bias edges would be easier to assemble, but as they get near the edge, they begin to be a problem. Of course it might just be me and my right brain.

Gene Black said...

The bias edge can be an interesting thing. One reason for using bias binding is the stretch factor - there is enough give to round those corners. But if you worry about stretching the blocks out of shape, remember that a good heavy starch on the fabric before you start will stabilize it.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

So glad you grabbed a minute, too. I've been thinking a lot about you and your husband lately - I sure hope he is doing better.

My experience with bias edges has been that they are so "delicate" that they get all wonky by the time I get the top together - unless I sash each block with something on the straight-of-grain to contain the wonkiness. (Is that a word??) I'm so glad that it's not just me and my right brain - ;))

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Funny you should say that - KatieM and I were having a conversation the other day on using starch on the bias edges - I'll tell you the same thing I told her -

I realized one day when I was spraying starch on some pieces that I had "pre-washed" the fabric to get the sizing out of it - should have left it alone - wouldn't have had to use as much starch - ;))

Katie M. said...

I did an entire quilt using the disappearing pin wheel - I won't do it again.... Actually, it made a very pretty quilt, but I guess I didn't starch enough - those edges drove me crazy! I guess these 'disappearing' blocks are supposed to save time to give you a more intricate looking quilt, but I'm still on the fence as to how much I like them (or not).

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Thanks, Katie! - I'm afraid those edges would drive me crazy, too! - I may try a little table runner first - maybe three blocks long - to see if I can get them to come right - before I commit to a full-blown quilt - ;))


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