Thursday, July 6, 2017

2017 FAL Project: Time to BUILD?

Last summer my beautiful Daughter and I chose the Moda Modern Building Blocks Quilt for our big project to work on together.  We began in August.

As soon as we chose this project I knew what fabric I'd use for it.   Mama Said Sew! by Sweetwater. When it came out I bought half yards of my favorite prints with no particular project in mind and this was a great opportunity to finally cut into them.

A funny thing happened though, when Daughter and I got together.  We discovered we'd chosen the same color scheme: Red, Black, Grey and White/Cream.  While we might be sharing the same color scheme my prints are very small, sweet and traditional, but her prints are amazing!  Wild, contemporary, full of movement and often large in scale. We'll have very different quilts.

Here are the blocks we made last summer.
The little blocks are 6 inches square and the larger blocks are 12 inches square.
This is DAUGHTER's batch.

These are my blocks.

We were excited to get this one going, but it didn't take long for us to decide that we really truly and completely loathe this pattern.  While I've quilted long enough that I don't usually need much in the way of instruction to assemble a quilt block, I don't care for this method of block assembly.  All those bias edge triangles don't make me very happy and there's no wiggle room, no trimming hst's down to size, and measurements for the separate units that go into each block.  I always like being able to check as I go along to make sure things are going together correctly.  Plus this pattern has an awful lot of errors, which are so frustrating.  We ended up setting this project aside.

This summer we decided it was time to revisit this project.  Tomorrow I'll show you what we've decided to do to salvage it.

Happy Stitching!


Leslie can't stop quilting said...

Sorry to hear about the pattern problems....but I love how contrasting your 2 quilts are turning out! Very cool!

margaret said...

such a shame as you have both got lovely fabrics for this project, QSTs with the bias are a pain I have just been doing some not nice to do. Bad too there are so many mistakes, I feel for those not as informed as you who will not know ow to do things if the instruction are so poor, glad I did not join in with this one. Will be interesting to see what you both have decided to do with these blocks

Archie the wonder dog said...

I hadn't realised the pattern was riddled with errors, it's a pity the errata page (I'm assuming there is one?) wasn't better publicised as you could have avoided the problems and sketched out each block to get your unit sizes (which I also appreciate having, I like to know whether I'm right or not before I get to the end and discover I'm not!). Can't wait to see what your new plan is!