I brought more quarter circles to put together. This time I stacked the pieces so all the same color fabrics were together. Then I rotated thru the different colors. Some of the pieces went together perfectly, while others had odd stitching on the back or the seams became inconsistent.
I'm not loving working with these pieces as much as I thought I would. It's not just the actual sewing that I'm having a problem with, it's the colors. I really would like to have the background be a different set of fabrics that the quarter circle but the template for the AccuQuilt is set up so both shapes are cut at the same time.
But I have all these lovely pieces cut out so will challenge myself to perfect the stitching!
I searched again tonight to find some help with the piecing:
- I found this tutorial to help with sewing quarter circles:
- This one has many different layouts at the end of the post:
- This post has a video that I can't watch now as DH is asleep:
- Another tutorial:
- Wonky quarter circles with consistent background colors (cool FMQ too) She started with same size but trimmed down to get the wonky look.
- Some longer pieces added to change the shape:
The Studio AccuQuilt is in the classroom again - hurray - so next week along with food for the potluck, I will bring fabric prepped so I can cut pieces up. The decision to make will be on what fabrics to bring and what shapes to cut?
Template Name Rough cut Cut results
50607 Super Strip Cutter 5.5 inch 15 x 26 1-5.5 inch strip (double check rough cut)
50047 Strip Cutter 6.5 inch 13 x 25 2-6.5 inch strips
50062 Super Strip Cutter 4.5 inch 9.5 x 25 2-4.5 inch strips
50058 Super Strip Cutter 3 inch 10 x 26 3-3.0 inch strips
50060 Super Strip Cutter 3.5 inch 9.5 x 25 2-3.5 inch strips
50612 Super Giant Strip 2.5 inch 13 x 25 5-2.5 inch strips
50212 Square #1 5 inch by 5 inch 11.5 x 17 6-5.0 inch squares (2x3)
50284 Everyday Tote 10 x 15 tote ends up 3"W x 12"L x 9"H (need pattern)
50297 Rag Quilt 6 inch by 7 inch 9.5 x 12 1-6"W x 7"H (15 cm x 18 cm) rag shape with 3/4"L x 1/4"W (2 cm x 1 cm) fringe
50220 Tumbler Block #2 5 x 25 6-3 5/8"W x 3 1/2"H
50221 Tumbler Block #3 9.5 x 24 4-6 1/2"W x 6 1/2"H
I cut a bunch of the smaller tumbler blocks a few years ago and found them to be really enjoyable to sew as leaders and enders to my more liberated projects, but I don't want to get tired of them. Also it seems my friends are all having baby boys so all the pink that I cut out won't be used right now...
I did not prep the fabric last time I used the AccuQuilter so had to spend time ironing and folding to get things to fit. I think it would be more time efficient to come with pressed pieces at the rough cut size...!
The teacher has more templates including the quarter circle (I think it would be good to add some print materials in my plain mix of yellows and blues), and she may have a whole circle template. If she has the whole circle then I will make an abacus quilt.
In other things I've finished scanning another bankers box - only 5 million to go! Ha ha.
My DH and I have been talking about getting new windows, but I can tell it's going to be something I research and decide on really. Any one out there will experience on this?
Also, this comiing Friday we were asked to bring food for potluck for the quilting class. I'm scratching my head on this too - ideas welcome!