Thursday, February 17, 2011
The end is in sight - 36 down, 12 to go...
The end is near! Asian Nights is close to being complete. Over two nights, I've reduced the number of individual blocks to the point where I hope to complete the final 12 tonight - so that I can decide on the final layout of the forty eight that make up this quilt. 48 blocks created from 1,344 patches - which means multiple trips back to the cutting mat and the ironing board.
Tuesday night -
60 units pressed
84 units trimmed to square the corners
4 episodes of Big Bang Theory play in the background (possibly more)
Wednesday night -
48 diagonal half blocks converted to 24 diagonal four patches!
36 new units pressed.
24 diagonal four patches combined with 24 four patch blocks to create 24 more half blocks, waiting to be pressed and finished.
3 more episodes of the Big Bang Theory play in the background...
So, what have I learned from this project?
1. When changing fabrics from those pictured in the instructions, it makes good sense to write down the color that you plan to use in its place. I think this would have solved most of my pressing issues in combining the four patch blocks.
2. Nesting the seams really does help to achieve a perfect meeting in the center of a block, so making a practice block before jumping into cutting and pressing all of the components can help.
3. Measure thrice, cut once.
4. If you don't absolutely love this project, stay with the Town Square size. It is a great teaching quilt, especially for developing precision in cutting and piecing, but it can also get quite tedious after awhile. I am very happy to be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.