|All Nine Blocks Finished for Amish Baby Quilt!|
|12" 54-40 Or Fight Block|
|Quilt Design Generated in EQ7|
Just a few notes to jot down here, to remind myself of what worked best for next time:
- The variety of sampler quilts is fun, but more frustrating than a quilt where one or two blocks are repeated. Making the same units over and over gave me a chance to experiment and figure out which methods yield the best results. These blocks came together pretty fast and got easier and easier as I went along. I feel like I learn more by making multiples of the same block than I do when I make each block completely different.
- I used piecing straight stitch #1326 on my Bernina 750 QE with stitch length 2.0 and the upper tension dropped down to 3.25, using 50/2 Aurifil Mako cotton thread and a size 60/8 Microtex needle. I always use my straight stitch throat plate for piecing, and as you can see in the photo below, dual feed is engaged. (I started piecing with a larger size 70 needle and the default 4.0 tension, and the thread kept breaking CONSTANTLY). This was my first piecing project using the new 97D patchwork foot and I loved it! Very straight, smooth fabric feeding using this foot, even on the bias triangle points, despite the 9 mm machine.
- HUGE note to self: Any time I'm piecing triangle units like these bias triangle/half rectangle units, start stitching both seams from the point where the diagonal seams intersect AND match the fabric at that point! I botched 7 or 8 of these before I figured that one out.
Sew these units from the Peak to the Base!
- At first, I tried to pin the point of that black/green triangle unit when I seamed it to the adjacent unit, but I discovered that I can feel the ridge of the underlying 4-patch unit with my fingernail. It ended up working much better to just hold that triangle point in place with my fingernail or stiletto tool as I maneuvered it under the presser foot, because the pin through the point obscured my view of the stitches so I couldn't see exactly where the needle was hitting in relation to the point.
Fingernail holds the triangle point to the seam ridge beneath
- Starching the fabric prior to cutting really helped to stabilize the bias triangle edges and reduce stretching on those bias seams, even when I needed to unpick and redo them.
- On a whim, I decided to cut extras of all the patches for this quilt, and I'm glad I did. Sometimes I'm tempted to ignore a seam that didn't match up perfectly because ripping it out is too much of a pain, but when you have an extra couple of units you can pick out the best ones to put in the quilt and the rejects can go in a pile of orphan blocks to be seamed together later for FMQ practice.
No new paper pieced pineapple log cabin blocks on the wall since last post -- still at 12 blocks completed and 24 blocks to go. I'll probably do another pineapple block or two once the baby quilt top is finished, but before I quilt it on the machine. I'm still working on the FrankenWhiggish Rose needle turned applique project, and I'm itching to start my first Dear Jane blocks, but I think it would be nice to finish the baby quilt first, don't you?
That's enough typing for today. I'm linking up with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times. Happy Stitching!