Modern Solids QAL – Week 3

25 Apr

Travel back in time to the Modern Solids Quilt Along week 3. I finally finished the week 3 blocks before the week 5 blocks are posted! I am officially caught up, for now at least.

Week 3 had 3 blocks posted.

The first is called Center Aisle:

P2 - Week 3 (2 of 3) 

This was actually my first postage stamp block. I am currently working on a full-sized quilt that is entirely postage stamps but it is strip pieced. This is the first time I have actually sewn this many little squares. It lined up pretty well except for a few places.

The second block is called Biggest Fan:

P2 - Week 3 (3 of 3)

This one came together really quickly. But follow the advice! Press without sliding the iron. This one got wonky in a hurry and I had to fix it quite a bit after the fact.

I’ve been trying to get into the sewing room as much as possible but have not had much free time. Only a few more busy months before I will have tons of time to devote to more creative sewing.

To keep me motivated I got some new thread:

P2 - Week 3 (1 of 3)

I heard nothing but rave reviews about Aurifil 50 wt thread so I decided to give it a whirl. So far tonight I thought it was good but it did break twice on me. Lint was much less though, I think I’m just not used to the thinner thread. I like the thinner line it sews, it helped me with my scant 1/4 inch seam that I am still having some difficulty with on the new machine.

One Response to “Modern Solids QAL – Week 3”

  1. mary June 5, 2011 at 1:14 AM #

    I know you are on a Horizon. If you are piecing with NON Aurofil thread— Use stitch 93, with your O2 foot and set your needle drop to 4.0. This will give you a perfect ‘scant quarter’ and your piecing will be more accurate, and your blocks will come out the right size you are expecting.

    Practice doing you quarter seams!! Do it by taking strips of fabric of equal width and stitching them together– your middle strip should be EXACTLY 1/2 in thinner top to bottom then you had cut it.

    And LEARN YOUR MACHINE! If you get an error F4, turn the machine off…then back on…it should stitch fine. don’t panic…watch the old masters of quilting like Fons and Porter and Kaye Wood. Get a membership to QNNtv– it will be the best $24 for a year you ever spent. You have a lot to learn! But your tenacity will pay off!

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