I decided to pull from my stash of blue and white fabrics. The background will be a white on white. I've been planning a blue & white quilt, though didn't know what pattern I wanted to use, so I have plenty of fabrics to choose from! I thought about a garnet/gold colorway - but had too much of a mixture of batiks and quilting cottons in my red/garnet stash - and didn't want to mix the two for this project.
improving accuracy through careful cutting, mastering a 1/4 inch seam and easing fabrics where necessary.
I worked on Lessons 1 and 2 together. The lesson 1 fabric and cuts are on the top of each picture.
Lesson 1 highlights pressing seams. The block is straightforward - and I made my first ever half square triangles. I can definitely use some practice with those. I will likely re-read part of Quilter's Academy Volume 3 as there are many ways to construct half square triangles - so I can try multiple techniques in the coming months.
One thing that is clear to me, is that I need to practice looking in front of the needle versus at the needle while feeding in the blocks. My seam lines could have been straighter - but I was able to "correct" the wobblies when I pressed and trimmed the blocks.
The block looks quite different depending on the placement of dark and light.
I opted for the dark triangles and light spokes in the end.
Lesson 2 highlights pinning and easing. I use very few pins when constructing blocks. However, there are times, when in the fiddly bits, that pinning can be very useful.
Again, I played with the position of the half square triangles. As the value of the fabrics in these are similar, it was less obvious which direction I chose, so I picked one. I did misread the directions, and have four extra large half square triangles - so this color combination will likely repeat itself in an upcoming block - especially if I can cut the big blocks into two smaller ones.
Lessons for this quilt-along come out on Thursday afternoons.