Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sedona Star Month 1 Points

After so much time at the sewing machine over the past few days, my back was really complaining, so I've been taking it slower again.  I've been doing the log cabin points a few at a time:


Four more to go!  You'll be seeing a lot more of these particular fabrics as the quilt progresses.  An unexpected benefit of using solid fabrics is that there is no wrong side, which makes the paper piecing even easier.  I hope, though, that it does not make me sloppy once I progress to prints later in the quilt.

It's been really fun so far.  The finished points have a satisfying weight to them, with the fairly thick Kaufman Kona Solid fabric, and the Ricky Tims Stable Stuff on the back.  I've been using 1/4" seams too.  The instructions call for 1/8" seams, but as a new paper piecer I just didn't feel comfortable with that.  If I pay for it later, so be it.

Many people have also mentioned the somewhat frugal cutting instructions for the quilt.  Because I was planning to use a wider seam allowance, I just measured the widths right off the template.  I ended up adding 1/4" to the width, and about 1/2" to the length for these pieces - it may have been more for some of the others.  I have lots of fabric, so I am not worried about running out!

4 comments:

  1. Perfect looking points and curves, and I really like the shading of your colours. Lots of work by the look of it!

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  2. Thanks, Diane! I'm such a convert to paper piecing now. I've been thinking of other projects to do this way!

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  3. I had forgotten that the pattern calls for trimming to 1/8 inch. I didn't do that and suffered no ill effects. Besides, one of the fabrics I used is a very ravelly damask and I had to use fray check after month two to ensure no further loss of seam allowance. I think trimming to 1/8 inch would make sewing months one and two together very difficult. Looks great. Yellow always lifts a quilt!

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  4. Thanks, Mary Ellen! I think yellow is such a happy colour.

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