Last night I finished sewing the quilt top that I have been working on. I used one of Hoffman’s Cappuccino Bali Pops to make it along with some of the matching yardage to set the blocks and borders. The pattern for the quilt comes from the book “Jelly Roll Quilts” by Pam and Nicky Lintott and is called “Sparkling Gemstones”.
The quilt in the book is gorgeous using a Kaffe Fassett jelly roll and is very vibrant. This quilt is a wedding present for a daughter of a close friend and her decor is neutrals so I went with the cappuccino bali pop, which is creams, browns and blacks.
This pattern looks very easy to do but it turned into a nightmare when it came to piecing the blocks together into the long strips and then sewing the strips together.
The problem arose with the sides of the block where the background material was attached. The blocks are turned 90 degrees to each other and are framed with background fabric so they appear to be floating on the background material. In one direction you have one seam with just the basic four blocks of coloured batiks. In the other direction you have four seams because of the added two blocks of background fabric. This makes for a greater chance of error.
I’m fairly accurate when it comes to piecing but just the added couple of strips of material along with pressing shrunk that side of the block so essentially most of the blocks were 1/4″ out of sync.
I guess this is where I stop and say if I had of taken the time to make a couple of sample blocks I could have corrected the problem but I went ahead and cut all the material and chain pieced the blocks before starting to piece them together into strips. Never again, next time I’ll test a couple of units blocks first.
I could have added in a little extra to the background strips and then cut the blocks to size. It would have taken a little extra time to trim the blocks but less fuss in the long run.
Live and learn. It looks fine unless you’re a quilter and having a close-up look at the seams but the background fabric all blends into each other so you really don’t notice anyway.
I’m presently batching a sample piece of material as a test run for dyeing the backing for this quilt. It could be interesting because I’m going to try a different step in the dyeing process and see if it makes a difference to the look of the fabric but I’ll blog that next day.