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I spent most of the last two days cutting out llama pieces for DD's Christmas quilt. Good grief there are a lot of pieces. The snowball corners are 1" square - tiny pieces!. 24 blocks, 6 llama colors. I put the pattern in a 3 ring binder with little flags labeled for each piece, then drew out the actual pieces for the small ones with labels as I'm sure I'll have to refer to them frequently. Many of them are only 1/4" different from others, too small to tell by eye and I don't want to have to measure constantly. This is going to be confusing. It was confusing cutting it all out.
I am going to a local retreat with one of my quilting cousins the 1st week of October, so I decided I will take this to work on. I want to get it all cut out and test a couple of blocks to make sure I've got it all cut correctly. I'm about 80% sure I've missed something - so I'll take extra fabric with me just in case. I'm hoping I'll find any errors when I sew a couple here. Not sure how good a project this will be for a retreat, it might require too much concentration.
Now to go through my scrap bin to get the fabrics for the colorful blankets and "leggings". They only take the equivalent of two 5" squares, I think I can get most of them from this pile. They are the only bright colors in the quilt and DD likes bright colors too. So I wanted to make the blankets bright.
what a mess!
That quilt will be worth all of the mumbling and grumbling.
I have been wanting to make a dent in my brown stash so want to use rich browns where the light fabrics are and then use vibrant colors in the other places.
Your llama quilt is gonna be so adorable!!!!
Made the first llama block tonight. Glad to say there was only one piece cut wrong, not too bad considering so many different little pieces cut on quarter inch increments. Boy do you have to read the instructions closely. Not one of my strengths. So this first block has a couple of extra pieces, where I had to sew some fabric back on when I did a snowball corner piece too early. With 24 blocks I will have it down by the end.
You go girl.Connot wait to see the block or complete quilt.I am now making reversible little dresses for the Africa Girls.
I have been known to enlarge instructions so they are more easy to read. Highlighter pen helps as well.
It's something I started doing when my eyeballs "matured".
Wow that sounds like a really complex pattern. I am sure you will get it down pretty quick and be whipping that herd of llamas out in no time.
it's not that they are small, just you do need to read. Her illustrations are well done and I have a tendancy to look at those and not READ. Well, you do need to read. I was zipping along nicely, sewed on the snowball corners (GG) at the bottom. Went to add the legs and hmmm, they don't fit. Did I cut the spacer between the legs wrong? Nope. Ah, I didn't add piece EE. And of course I had already trimmed behind GG. So I added a couple of seams. You can't tell because there are so many seams already. This really reminds me of paper piecing but without the paper. Lots of seams.
Here is the 1st one. The ears won't be as pointy when finished, the tips will be sewn into the seam above - right now they look a bit like horns.
I do need to figure out how to get organized. Last night I had all 39 pieces laid out on my cutting table (many are either 1" or 1.25" wide), but I won't have that much room at the retreat. I had packaged them in a baggie for each complete llama. But now I'm thinking it would work better to package them in sections instead (face, legs, ears, etc) as that is how she has her instructions organized. Her instructions are well written but I wish she had given some ideas on organization. I remember Judy Neimeyer's quilt I made several years ago had very detailed instructions on organization that made the entire process VERY easy.
how about adding a flannel board to your tools you take - you can lay out an entire llama, and work from her instructions for the pieces..