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I started this paper pieced crazy thing shortly after the Dallas show last year - bought the pattern and the papers - big big big time saver. And here we are 1 year later. All the fabrics are from my stash though I did have to purchase a couple more yards of the black background. All the colors are spotted though you can't tell from this picture - most were a set of FQ's I bought from connecting threads several years ago. this weekend I started putting the blocks together, but I'm adding a very narrow sashing because the points of each of the diamonds has a LOT of fabric layers. There was no way they were going to go together nicely. they will appear to float but I like that better than having a giant knuckle at each.
Wow, Dee! That is a LOT of work that you've done. I like the idea of the sashing so that your paper pieced shapes will float ... very effective!
That is the most awesomely gorgeous scrappy creation!!!!!!! Love your color choices!
What's the name of the pattern?
Stunning creatation Dee.
I remember seeing that when you first showed it, how stunning! I bet there are many, many hours of work in that.
thank you/ Empire Place. The pattern design is great - at least pretty. The instructions not so much. You definitely need to know how to paper piece and general piecing. I read through her instructions about putting the blocks together. She at least acknowledges that there is a large amount of bulk at the bottom and top points, but only says to press the seams which ever way they lay the flattest. really? that's it? I saw a completed quilt at the Dallas show and some of the intersections looked like a bent knuckle or little mountain pocking above the surface of the quilt and many of the points did not match by as much as 3/8". And she got a 3rd place ribbon! Really? (that's another discussion)
Anyway I think the ladies who designed the pattern were more concerned with how it looked on paper than with how it would be constructed. I've been worrying with how the blocks would go together since I finished the first block and it was obvious how many pieces were meeting at the point. Just with the black and white "sashing" there are 2 each side of the center colored section x 2 sides =4 x 2 =8 folded layers with the seam allowance on each block. Now double that for 2 blocks = 16 layers. Then add in the paper piecing of the main part of the block all of which are constructed in 4 parts. so now add 2 fabrics plus 2 seam allowances in 2 blocks (8) for a grand total of 24 layers. You get the idea. I had problems even sewing my narrow sashing on evenly because of the thickness (broke a needle last night and that was just with 12 layers), there is NO WAY you can sew through 24 layers and have them fold over nicely. If they had been decent engineers, they could have modified how the blocks were constructed and instead of putting the black and white on the block they could have made them true sashing and cut down on a lot of those layers.
I remember you starting this. It looks great. Good idea to have the narrow sashing. Those thick seams can cause an issue when you are quilting, too. Nice job!