How Hard Can It Be?
My friend Judy and I each bought 3 metres of Katrina: a gorgeous red on black floral border stripe. Judy’s already well on the way to finishing her quilt top, and since we challenged each other to get it done this spring, I better start quickly!
Plan A: since I’d like to have some new Bible Block quilts for the Patchwork and Song events, I decide a block from Word in Patchwork would be a good choice. The fabric has a wide floral band with a narrow stripe, so I choose “Temple Court.” The centre square will show off the floral, the corner patches feature stripes nicely. Next choice: 12″ or 15″. Unfortunately, the 12″ is perfect for the stripe, but too small for the centre while the 15″ is too big for the stripe. Sigh.
Plan B: when I originally drafted the pattern for Temple Court, I added extra seams to make piecing a bit simpler. I’ll go back to the traditional block [from EQ6] without those seams. Unexpected bonus: the “star points” in this version are lost in the Word in Patchwork version: it will be fun to play with value in those. Problem: now the centre patch is too big for the floral.
Yikes! Now I remember why I had to add those seams to make this “beginner friendly.” Without the extra seams, there’s no easy way to put this block together.
2 hours and a lot of frog-stitching later, I’ve come up with an assembly method that avoids set-in-seams. No way around the partial-seams, though: and on bias edges, too! But, it’s pretty darn spiffy, if I do say so. 1 block down, 12 to go!
Anyone see an easier way to do this? I’d love to hear from you!
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