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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 848232 views.

From: judyinohio


Thank you, thank you for the idea of tartan plaid!

I've just endured watching part of an Eleanor Burns video as she gave a lesson on how to make the  "Twin Sisters" quilt (oh how that woman grates on my nerves). I fast forwarded and watched only what was necessary to get the gist of the method and was gazing at my stash thinking about two fabric choices.

Then I decided to take a break and visit this lovely forum and here you were offering a suggestion.  I had found the Twin Sisters block in the Brackman book but that book never gives instructions on how to create the blocks so I had to resort to Google to find the Eleanor Burns You Tube video.


From: judyinohio


Okay, Lynne, it drove me a bit nuts to work with tartan in such a crowded block but I survived. Only had one plaid fabric on hand and I was not in the mood to go online shopping for a cotton plaid print that might be smaller than the one I already have.

And of course I was in such a hurry that one seam is a bit off. Why was I in such a hurry? Had to bake some biscuits to go with the leftover stew for supper.

Anyhow, I don't think I'll bother to finish the block that is  the "twin sister" that is mainly black fabric; the one I plan to use in the quilt is the "twin" that is mainly plaid. 

It annoys me that there is no way to match the plaid pieces.  unamused  My DM taught me to match plaids when I made my own clothes and I am very good at it but those days are long gone ....

All done - It's kind of fun, I like the color mix.  Though something about the proportion of the stars/background, borders doesn't feel quite right.  I added the borders because I wanted it large enough to be a lap quilt, but now it seems off.  Oh well, I'm over-thinking things again.  It's done.

viola (sissly4)

From: viola (sissly4)


I don't see anything wrong with it.I think it look lovely. You might be surprise and get a blue ribbon.


From: MelRN


Looks plenty large for me :D 

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From: latterberry


Glad I could help with the tartan idea.  Don't know what made me think of it-just one of those ah hah moments  I really do like the block that is mostly plaid, and there is no way you could ever get the the plaid pieces to match up.  I really wouldn't have noticed or thought anything of it if you hadn't said something.  

Top is pieced.  I *THINK* I started this in 2012 or 13 - 9 or 10 years ago ?  Yikes.  The pattern is from Quilters Newsletter March 2011, but I think I actually started it a year or two after that when I saw my cousin piecing one.  At the time I wanted to try an interlocking hand pieced pattern sort of like apple core - this appealed to me but at the time I wasn't thinking how many pieces and curves I was looking at.  In hind site I should have made the center star one piece instead of 7.  Lesson learned.  I pieced the border which worked out well, drafting it was interesting.  I was thinking perhaps I would add a bit more to the border, but now I think not.  I may add a flange to the binding instead just to add a small narrow white line around the edge.  I've decided how to quilt it, custom quilting with arcs through the flower pedals and stars.  But I need to starch it a bit more 1st to get  it as flat as & as even as possible - it's very stretchy due to the curves & hand piecing.  There are so many seams, I'm having trouble getting them flat - I've tried twirling at the intersections but there are too many - they bump into each other - last picture.  2nd picture you can see how I pieced the border.  Each "flower" is approx 8" tip to tip.