Well, I have quite a few projects that I need to be working on, but my Quilter's Academy Adventure still continues.
I decided to use Harriet's methods to do the blocks.
I wanted to do some Block Lotto blocks, and this month is Quilter's Choice. Our blocks are to be 12" finished with a center block of purple and white that is 8" finished.
First of all, I drafted my own patterns for the blocks. This is something that Harriet teaches in Quilter's Academy but I already knew how to do it. Here are some sketchy drafted blocks. They're really simple.
From there, I established the straight grain of my fabric. The purple was mostly fat quarters, so I tore one end and pressed as suggested.
I cut my strips and triangles and sewed it all up.
The first block that I made with HST (half square triangles) I cut the squares 5" and then cut them in half, but for the second block I made, I took a leap of faith and cut the square 4 7/8" like you're supposed to.
The first two blocks came out perfectly, but the third one, I forgot to trim one of the 4-Patch units and that skewed things a little, so it didn't come out perfectly. You probably cannot appreciate it, but it was just a few threads off.
"Why do you care about a few threads?" you might ask.
Well, a few threads in each block add up to quite a bit in a huge quilt...especially the smaller the pieces in your blocks.
So, with the middles finished, all I need to do is to add some strips to the edges of the blocks, cut them to 12" finished and then I'm done with Block Lotto for this month.
I have the fabric picked out the the next project in QA1 (Quilter's Academy Volume 1), so I will be working on that sometime this coming week, I hope.
I have several projects that have a timeline, so as important as I hold this project, I need to fit it into my quilting time.
I have found that I'm getting quicker and quicker, which I thought would be impossible when I first started.
I still can't imagine doing this for a whole quilt, though. I just think that it would take SO much more time.
One conclusion I came to was this...
Harriet suggested that when you do strip piecing, you should trim back the strips before you cut them into sub-units. I think that would be faster than what I'm doing, which is trimming the subunits right before I sew them into the four-patch units (or whatever).
Of course this only works if you have perfectly cut, perfectly pieced, perfectly pressed strip sets.
Ahhhhhh, becoming a Master Quilter is not for the faint of heart, lol.