I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but I’ve decided to join both of the QALs going on for The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Samlpler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird.
On September 14th Kerry’s QAL began. Kerry is doing the blocks in book order. These first few blocks have kicked my butt a bit. I will be remaking at least 2 of these.
September 28th Angie’s QAL began. She is going through the blocks in difficulty order. I would have had no difficulty with the first 2 blocks….. if I had thought about the fact that the paper piecing (foundation piecing) patterns are not mirrored when printed from the book’s CD. The blocks I have made before this have been symmetrical, making this a non-issue. In reality, it’s still a non-issue if you don’t care that the blocks will be a reverse of the book.
I don’t know if I can keep up with making 4 blocks a week, but I’m going to try. I’ve decided to post all of the blocks I make for both QALs at the end of the month instead of every week, since the QALs post their blocks at different times during the week.
Some lessons learned this month:
- if you want your blocks to look like the book, mirror the paper piecing patterns
- if you will be setting the blocks on point (as on the book cover not as shown inside the book) rotate your fabric or coloring layout to consider directional prints/fussy cutting
- contrast is important with these little pieces
- these pieces are small – go slowly, add your seam allowances, sew carefully
- it’s only fabric and can only be unsewn so many times before you (meaning me) might as well start over
- be kind to yourself – striving for excellence is not the same as perfectionism
All that said, here are my blocks for the month and my thoughts about them.
This first one was over-zealousness on my part and an experiment before either QAL began. I will most likely remake this to improve my y-seams and the contrast. (Y-seams in paper piecing?! I thought that the lack of these was part of the beauty of paper piecing. Always learning – the hard way.)
There have been 6 blocks for September in Kerry’s QAL.
I don’t think Aimee and Alice have enough contrast. Alice and Ann were very challenging for me and are worth a second try. I love Addie and Anne. I like April, but I changed the color distribution and may make it again with the book’s color placement.
Two blocks were released so far this week for Angie’s QAL. There will be 3 total for this week, but the third hasn’t been released yet.
This is an example of the mirroring issue of the paper piecing pattern. My second attempt really needed a solid instead of the red and white print.
This one is meh, but they can’t all be stars.
I bought a cute little 7×7 box to keep all of my blocks in. It will be fun to watch it fill up as the year goes on!
So on and sew forth!