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The one on the left in this photo is the first and they get better as you move to the right. By about slice #7 or #8 they begin to look reasonable.
Practice, Practice, Practice! You don't think your instructor did them right the first time, do you? They certainly did get better as you went along.
I just finished quilting this for a dear friend at church. This is the friend that I quilted 4 dresden fan quilts for her back when I very first got my mid-arm - and where I learned the hard way about bleeding. This was a quilt she had started hand quilting herself, from blocks that her aunt & mother made when she was a child. It was a bit nerve wracking to be quilting such old fabrics- but she insisted she just "wanted it finished". Her health is failing and I know she wanted it completed as the odds of her kids having it done were zero. As she said, it was a mess (all sorts of wonky), but overall it turned out pretty well. I just did a large meander to hold it all in place and had to add some fabric on one end to make is mostly square. Some of the fabrics are VERY THIN and already deteriorating and many seams are fraying. But it is done. and she's happy.
Dee, I am sure that your friend was thrilled to see her mother's and aunt's blocks assembled into a quilt. She will consider this a treasure as it brings back memories of dear women who are most likely long gone.
If there is a quilter's heaven you are qualified for entry by completing projects like this.
After working with various greys in my online polymer clay class for the past two weeks it has been a joy to get back to colorful QUILTING!!!!!!
Here's a progress report on my "Hot to Trot" Kaffe Fassett quilt with a photo of the square in a square in a square phase. Now it is time to work on the next round with completed triangle #9 which I am calling the northeast corner. I worked long and hard plotting out the first row of fabrics for these four corner triangles so that the "randomness" would remain accurate. Note that the orange dot on fuchsia background fabric in the first row does not duplicate any of the fabrics used on the adjacent triangles. Had to ponder over that choice for a few minutes. Thank goodness I have sixteen fabrics as options.
I'm giggling for all sorts of reasons now. "random" ahahhaha
Sorry, but you know that "random" with a kit with sixteen fabrics is not the same as "random" with a huge scrap basket with oodles of fabrics. Glad I could give you a giggle for the day.
There's "chaotic random" and then there is "methodical random", right?
I think I mentioned this on the former forum once before, years ago. DS was working on his math PhD (his topic was in geometry) at the University of Illinois and was home for Christmas break. He came into my sewing room (formerly his sister's bedroom) and I was struggling with a scrap quilt problem getting it scrappy enough. I sighed and said "Random is hard" and he nearly fell over laughing at me.
"Mom" he said with tears of laughter running down his face, "there are guys in the math grad program at U of I who are almost suicidal because of their thesis work on the chaos theory and you are upset over a quilt!?!?!?"
I still maintain that random is hard in quilting. I just do not say it when my DS is in the house.
I was laughing as you know how I would approach random. random = spaced evenly across the area.
I approach it as no fabric touches its identical twin.
I absolutely and totally concur about random. My brain just doesn't do random.
I've tried the brown bag technique and still want to micro manage.
I once had to piece a totally random quilt for a client and eventually had Mr Pirate write an algorithm for me that told me exactly which random piece of fabric to use next.
I thought the result was *horrible* but the client was enthralled and thrilled ... which is the point.
Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said:
eventually had Mr Pirate write an algorithm for me that told me exactly which random piece of fabric to use next.
If Mr. Pirate lived within a reasonable distance I would try to borrow him.
As it is, I'm doing fairly well on this particular quilt all by myself. After all, I gave birth to a PhD geometer.
Brown bag doesn't work for me either. Half the time I have to dig into the brown bag about five or six times minimum to find something I like. The other half of the time I just go with the second or third try.