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Friday, January 10, 2014

Three Quilts part 3...or... a mid-course correction!

The 3 quilt story begins here.   Part 2 can be read here.

Now to continue the tale of Three Quilts...

I had cut all the pieces for each special type of block and sewn 3 of them for the satisfaction of seeing them finished.

B's square
E's pinwheel

KA's star
Then I decided to sew all the simple squares first, cut a few of the large Bird print blocks and lay them all out on top of the blue calico (spaced to look like sash between blocks). The result was not what I expected! The computer drawn image is helpful, but it can't take the place of seeing the actual cloth sewn together. I thought sash would be a unifying element to bring the plan for all three together, but it was not "working" in the squares quilt!   One of the first images we saw when thinking about these quilts was a large-block quilt with no sash between the blocks, so...I moved all my blocks together to hide the calico (erase the sash). Oh how much better it looked to me!  The calico squares looked happy to be floating on a bed of flowers, and not behind the bars of sash!  But would the other quilts look good with out sash? ....back to the drawing board (or computer program in this case).

B's squares with out sash

E's pinwheels with out sash
KA's stars with out sash

I have adjusted the size of the borders to make up for the removal of the sash (none of which has been cut yet!).

A little time has past and a little more sewing is complete...
... here is B's center portion...
Big blocks sew up quickly!
E's pinwheels are done, and the Bird blocks are cut; waiting for a turn at the sewing machine.

Eight Bird print blocks and 7 pinwheels.
One "opps" moment...remember this block...

First pinwheel was not on the table while the others were being sewn.
So I had to take it apart to make it match all the others!

Now it is time to start cutting border pieces.

Finished quilts photos here.