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April 17th, 2014

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05:31 pm - One more Expo top
It's taken several days but I'm now done with a fourth quilt top from the Expo. It was very fiddly. Especially since I again kept running out of fabric.

Part of it was the spikey stars being such odd shapes. I honestly think it would have been less trouble as traditional paper piecing. Instead, it used freezer paper as templates on strip sets (black/purple, black/blue) that you had to add 1/4" seam allowance to. Which left a LOT of fabric in odd pointy shapes. And used up the strip set fabric quickly.

Which meant that for 2 of the final big 12" finished blocks I had to carefully match up pointy leftovers to get the pieces. Seriously, real paper piecing would have been so much less trouble. I also think I could possibly have done the entire quilt in these types of blocks if paper piecing would have been the method. Or close to it. So much waste.

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The instructor recommended using the leftover pieces to make crazy patch pieces to add in. Which did use up some of the scraps. Good, but fiddly, and I was getting tired of fiddly. I'm much more fond of large modern square shapes and this was veering rather into persnickity traditional territory for me.

Then I ran out of black for background and had to use blue and figured no matter what the crazy patches would disappear and make the blocks look funny and I didn't have enough of the fabrics to make borders on any of the blocks so I added another fabric and used it to make mini piping around each of the elements. Yes, 1/16" piping, miles of it. I actually cut 7/8" strips for it so that I'd have about 1/32" to trim off to make sure I had a 1/4" seam allowance. Did I mention miles of it?

It was a good idea, though, as it did help immensely. Right up until I ran out of blue fabric and so I had to use the last of the scraps to create top and bottom borders to make my 40x60" charity quilt size goal. *facepalm*

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I do rather like it, I just wish it hadn't been such an ordeal.

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Date:April 17th, 2014 10:28 pm (UTC)
Fiddly quilts drive me crazy too. But it looks beautiful!
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Date:April 18th, 2014 05:27 am (UTC)
This reminds me of me, always running out of some of the fabric and then having to improvise. It does look amazing though so all is good.
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Date:April 18th, 2014 07:05 pm (UTC)
It's absolutely gorgeous...but wow, that sounds like someone sat down and figured out the most difficult possible way to do that block. Paper piecing really would've been sooooo much easier. You're an amazingly patient person. :)
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Date:April 18th, 2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
I can't even work out what you mean when you describe the method, which surprises me since I'm normally all over freezer paper, but it certainly sounds like you deserve another gold star for slogging through a dodgy set of quilt instructions! Lovely quilt.
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Date:April 18th, 2014 10:52 pm (UTC)
Well, it's lovely anyway [g]. For me I mostly think it's the colors, though. I love jewel tones on black.

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