|Completed center of the block|
The center part of the design began with a template and design that we had used last month. Then we added some straight lines to fill the space. I like that the lines are different widths as that little bit of surprise adds to the quilting.
|Back of the center of the block|
|Simple outer area corner design|
The outer part of the design also used the same template. What was fun about this month was that we made the simple design more complex with just some additional stitching. I was surprised at how easy it was!
|Corner design with added complexity|
Can you see how much more interesting it was to stitch another serious of shapes? Those lines are chalk marks which will brush away.
|The design of the center in the outer area|
This month, I tried to quilt this assignment like it was a huge quilt. In other words, I worked on quilting in any direction rather than turning the project like is demonstrated in the video that accompanies the lesson.
What I learned is that the angle in which I see when I'm going to be stitching on one direction is not the same as when I stitch in a different direction. This changing viewpoint sure makes it difficult for the stitching lines to meet when I'm completing a design.
I also noticed that the layers stretch a bit as I quilt which also makes it challenging to use reference lines to keep the design in the parameters that I originally marked! At this point, I'm not sure how to fix the viewpoint; but, at least I have identified one cause of my designs stitching a little off. It's hard to fix a problem if you haven't identified why it happened. Since I have one cause, I should be able to figure out a fix!
|The design made a little more complex|
Finally, I stitched this design in one hour increments with stretching breaks every 15 minutes.
|Finished back of block so far|
I also learned that I could have pulled some on the pin that holds the template in place. This pulling could have moved it from a 90 degree angle which would have also affected the point alignment. Hmmm . . .more thought is required! Seeing this example sure makes previous quilt projects with wonky section make more sense!
I will be adding more quilting to this block; but, the directions are that this will come after we finish the quilting for month 4!
My body is still in recovery mode. I can raise and lower my arms; but, they fatigue quickly.