Friday, March 4, 2016
Two down 23 to go...
It seems that no matter how long I have been quilting I still have to learn how to do things.
The last time I made a schoolhouse quilt was about 20 years ago and it was a miniature quilt which means it was paper pieced. I did not have to worry about all the wonky angles in the roof section. I did think about paper piecing the roof section, but decided against it because I needed to control how the fabric was pressed. I did not want to have to press toward the white since the red would show through it.
So I looked for acrylic laser cut templates for this block. Marti Michell has some so I ordered them. I wanted to make a 12 inch block and that's what the templates were for. What I did not realize when I ordered them was it made a 12 inch block when you added sashing around the house which I did not want to do. So OK it makes a 10 inch block. Well I can live with that. Then I start reading the directions. The roof pieces are appliqued. WHAT???? No where in the description does it mention this. So that is totally worthless since I do not want to applique any part of this. I wrote an email to them for rotary directions using the templates, but got no response.
I asked around in my neighborhood quilt group about a 60 degree ruler. Two people lent me their rulers. Then I print out the rotary directions from EQ. The angle for the roof section is not 60 degrees. It is 61 degrees. WHAT???
Now what? I know a degree is not that much, but what a pain. The two rulers that people lent me are not even identical which means one of them is off a bit! So I printed out the roof section pieces on freezer paper, ironed it to the fabric and cut them out with scissors. This seems to work pretty well. The second block went much faster than the first one.
Linking to Nina-Marie.
Thanks for reading.