|Block 1 using the spin effects template|
If you missed the first post, you can read it here. Our assignment this month was to quilt the four 12 1/2 inch blocks. The videos that were released with the class gave us three blocks that the quilting was similar in scale and stitch density. The fourth, while a good block in terms of variety, didn't have enough similar characteristics to work with these three blocks. I planned to design my own for the fourth block!
WARNING: This is a lengthy post so grab a cup of something!
I liked using the 5.5 inch spin effects template for the center spinning star. We used the 6 inch arc which worked great. However, I never did figure out how to use the 6" spiral ruler. I couldn't see in the video how the top of the template should be centered. It works and it is finished which is terrific!!!
|Marked lines for block 2|
|Finished block 2|
I noted that in the video, the non slip tape wasn't applied to the template. I used the template without the tape; but, I'll be adding the tape. The template was still a challenge to hold in place even though I followed the directions and "pinned" the template to the center of the block. I stitched the four outside blocks first.
These went fairly quickly. I was about one stitch off at the beginning and end of the stitching. I'm not sure why that happened. So I imagine it will continue to happen until I figure out the cause! LOL
I liked how the outer design went together. The directions were to stitch this part first! I could envision other applications using this ruler. This particular design would be a great all over pattern.
It wasn't tricky stitching the center star last. I stitched slowly and managed the back tracking well. The challenge with this design was that it didn't fill the space. So I added some half designs and now the space is more evenly quilted like the first block. JoJo, over at Through My Hands, gave me that idea as that was what she did!
|Back of second block|
|Small section of design added between the larger motifs.|
|Third block front|
|Third block back|
|Third block with a few curved lines|
Then, I thought, "Why not add a few curved lines around the outer edge of the design to frame it?" I did and I liked the result!
|Suggested design of the 4th block|
This was what the fourth block was supposed to look like. While I liked the designs, it didn't appeal to me because it is so different from the other blocks this month. I ordered a set of feather templates through the quilt shop at the previous lesson to use for this block; but, the order didn't arrive until the class meeting. What a bummer on so many levels!!! It is hard to spend money on a product; but, not get it until a month later!
So two days before the QAYG class, I took the template that I had used for the third block and drew a design.
Then, I made copies of the design. I cut some of the copies apart in different ways. I left one copy whole. Next, I played with what designs I could make.
To get an accurate drawing, I need to have a spacer on my pencil so that I draw with the 1/4 inch space like when I stitch! Below are the photos of a few of the designs that I made in paper!
|This layout reminded me of grapefruit halves|
|Hmmm possible border design?|
|Fractured design. I like the open spaces;|
but, this is a little too big.
|This was the design I decided to try!|
|4th block. . .still needs quilting|
|Close up of center|