I've finished the quilt for my Stay At Home Round Robin (SAHRR). It's like most of my work - unpredictable, wonky, colourful and happy! 😊 I love it and hope that once it's free motion quilting (FMQ) that someone else will love it too.
Here is the finished flimsy.
|Finished quilt top of the SAHRR Challenge
The last block for the challenge was a pinwheel. I've done many pinwheel blocks in my quilting life, most of them not accurately, so I took the time to find instructions on the Internet. These came out very accurate....but also very large! 😮
|Half square triangles waiting to be stitched together
It turns out that if you create half-square triangles with two 5" squares, your pinwheel blocks will be huge! Too bad I didn't think of that 😀! It's all good. It's much easier to deal with blocks that are too big, than blocks that are too small, at least when it comes to pinwheels!
|Cutting down my pinwheel blocks
I cut down the pinwheel blocks to 6", which is still 2" larger than most of my blocks but it works. I added an extra hour-glass block at the top and a tiny square within a square block at the bottom.
Here is a look at some of my favourite parts of this quilt.
|Top rows of the quilt. I love my wonky stars and flying geese
|More flying geese and some hour glass blocks
After all of this work, I still love my centre block, although it's no longer in the centre!
|Centre block - still sweet!
What I learned
- Thinking through the size of my pinwheel block would have been the smart thing to do, before I started making it.
- On the other hand, this block is much more accurate than many of my other ones. It's very possible that working with larger pieces of fabric helped. I'll have to give that some thought!
- Looking at my finished top, I realise that some of the fabrics that I thought were quite bright are not bright at all when placed beside really bright fabric. The second pinwheel just blends in, even though it has small bright birds on it. Something else to think about😊
- I also learned to add fabric between blocks to make the rows and columns work.
- The tiny square within a square block at the bottom of that column was made as an experiment. I'm glad that I was able to include it. I really do seem to like smaller blocks - too bad they are more difficult to sew accurately!
- I'm really glad that I participated in this challenge. It was a lot of fun and I learned so much! Thanks to Quilting Gail and all of her friends for a great time!
I missed the linking up party for the SAHRR but you should check out everyone's quilts. It's so cool to see how different they all are! Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd, Put your foot down, Needle & Thread Thursday, Finished (Or Not) Friday, Peacock Party, TGIFF, Patchwork & Quilts, Oh Scrap!, 15 Minutes to Stitch 2023,
Free Motion Mavericks
Welcome to week 424 of the Free Motion Mavericks linking party. Here's what we saw last week.
Melva is working on quilting some wonky quilts for a client. Here is one of them, a runner that she FMQ.
|A runner FMQ by Melva
Gail of Quilting Gail was finally able to share with us a quilt that appeared in the May/June issue of McCalls Quilting magazine. Congrats Gail!
|See the issue of McCall's Quilting in Gail's post
It's now your turn!😎