Thanks so much Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for being such a great hostess.
When Carol first announced this hop I knew right away what pattern I wanted to make and with what fabric. Feathers by The Pattern Basket and Sequoia fabric line by Edyta of Laundry Basket Quilts. I had both in my stash. I bought the pattern last year with the idea when I was feeling better I would try to piece it.
The only problem is, I suck at piecing. It’s the honest truth. The only quilts I’ve finished were paper pieced. I love paper piecing. You don’t have to be accurate in measuring, cutting, or the 1/4″ seam. It’s very easy compared to piecing.
So the other concern for me was could I finish in time. Stinking at piecing and dealing with my health issues, then the emotional effects of my father’s recent passing, I knew the odds of finishing weren’t on my side.
Well, I decided to go ahead and make the quilt. Because of the title of the hop. It’s Show Your Wings. Kinda the same as spreading your wings. So I am, with a bird quilt that is pieced. It’s time that I learn to accurately piece a quilt.
I’m happy with myself. I measured my pieces better than I ever have in the past. I learned that the blue cutting mat I have is good for when I’m cutting light colored fabric. But, when I’m cutting dark fabric it helps to put white paper/fabric under the dark fabric. For some reason I can’t distinguish between the dark fabric and the blue mat. So I’m going to be looking for a white cutting mat to set along side my blue mat.
My new Bernina Quilters Edition helps with the 1/4″ markings and that’s good. But, when I have seams crossing I can’t sew a straight line to save myself. This makes for a wonky block. I know there are tips out there, so when I have some time I’ll have to research.
What this all means is some of my block are are wonky. There are points that don’t line up. My birds beaks are not lined up correctly either. I think it might have something to do withe the head block.
I only had 2 that look normal.
Standing back I can’t see my mistakes. So I’m good.
I finished 17 out of the 30 blocks so far. I’ll get there it’s just going to take me more time. Some nights I mess up so bad I can only get one or two rows of the birds body done. But, that’s okay. I’m learning. I’ll get there.
Just to let everyone know, for the next to hops, I’ll be paper piecing. I want to finish my quilts. lol
What are you doing this year to Show Your Wings?
Thanks so much for stopping by. Please all the other blogers who are showing their wings today.