I am been searching through the #APQquiltalong tags on all the social media to see how everyone is progressing along with their Tone it Down QAL. I have done all the cutting and piecing and completed one set of blocks ( 4 out of 20 ) with the orange centres.
You probably noticed that my version looks a little different from others. It is exactly the same block but with emphasis on different patches within the block.
I selected 5 colours for the centres but kept the surrounding pieces quite uniform with the exception of the outer middle squares which are in a contrasting colour to the centre cross.
The layout of the finished quilt will be something like this. I have not decided whether to stick with the 3" sashing or be a rebel and finish with a 1" sashing.
|1" sashing - single block corner stone|
|3" sashing with 9-patch cornerstone|
The beauty of a pattern such as this is that it can be efficiently pieced. I divided my blocks into repeatable segments and strip pieced each segment, cutting them to the correct size, then chain pieced them to form a unit.
Four important things to remember when cutting and piecing your blocks are:
- Cut accurately
- Be consistent with your seams
- Slow down
and most importantly starch is your friend. It gives body to the fabric and makes piecing easier.
Tomorrow I leave for the Christmas break and fly to Sydney. I will be taking my sewing machine to continue with these blocks. Hopefully, I will have more to show by next week.
Don't forget to visit these blogs to see how they are progressing and find some helpful hints and tips to guide you through the QAL.