Thursday, October 13, 2011

Double Dutch Finish

I actually finished this at work yesterday, but I just didn't have time to post it then. So here it is in all its glory, the last few steps.

Yes, the small Flying Geese all mated to become the units you see above.

And I got to sew together some half square triangles!!!!

They joined to the small Flying Geese units and then...

the new units were joined to the larger Flying Geese units to make four of the above units.

Those units were joined into two strips of two of the units as seen above.

And those were joined to make the block as seen above here. Remember, this is a nine inch (finished) block. And, of course, it was only finger pressed and, apparently, not on a flat surface for the photo.

Frustrations with this block:
  • The pressing instructions did nothing to aid the piecing! Usually the pressing allows the two seams to butt up against each other nicely because the seam allowances are pressed in opposite directions but it seemed like every time I joined the larger sections here the seams were going in the same direction. My sewing machine would have hated it. And of course, the seams don't meet quite as well.
  • Maybe I should have switched the two mediums - the gold and the branches. Or maybe one of them should have been less vibrant.
  • This is a busy block! I can't even imagine using this in anything other than a sampler. Can you picture a whole quilt, even wall hanging size, made with this block?
On the other hand, I really like the pinwheely (that is a word, right?) action in the center of the block.

The next block looks much less busy and stressful, but I will probably do Block 9 of the American Beauty BOM first. Or maybe not. We'll see what the cutting looks like this weekend. My eldest is coming to visit so cutting may not happen until late in the weekend...
And I have a baby quilt to finish!