|Sharon's Finished Top|
|My Finished Top|
Here are some shots taken during the construction process. You really have to have the pattern for this. While the initial sewing of the squares is easy enough to do without instruction, the details provided for cutting it apart are absolutely essential. The pattern is available for download from the website.
In the photo above, the 3 pieces of paper pinned to the quilt are marked A, B, and C, for the 3 sections this will be cut into. Yes, cut. This caused us some trepidation, but we did as the instructions said and had no trouble at all. Lines are drawn diagonally across the quilt at very exact locations. The photo below shows a closeup of the lines criss-crossing the quilt.
The next step is stay-stitching 1/8" on either side of the drawn lines. Now, ready to cut. Whew. This surely tests one's faith in the directions.
|Sharon is lining up her ruler on the cutting line.|
|A zoomed-in shot of preparing to cut.|
Sew the parts back together, and you end up with a quilt center on point, and you didn't have to cut out a single triangle. It's pretty amazing; I wonder what sort of brain one needs to draft this all out and make it work. My brain is not so equipped. I considered it sufficiently challenging just to count the rows and cut accurately.
Since Sharon and I sew together so often, we came up with the idea of doing occasional projects together. This is one, and it proved to be a huge success. The next one we are doing involves Kaffe Fassett fabric. You'll hear more about it as mid-June approaches.
Now, I need to get busy on commissions. I have been doing some "brain work" on them, but some actual sewing machine work must begin.
Happy Quilting, Friends!