It’s looking good, don’t you think?
The assembly is going better than I hoped. Being very particular about accurate cutting and seam allowances is paying off. There are a few seams which are about 1/16–1/8 inch off, but nothing more than that. The photo makes the piece look wonky because I had to take it from an angle instead of straight on, and it’s pinned to a piece of fabric, but in fact it’s miraculously square 🙂
This piece is 32 inches square, and the finished quilt will be 64 inches square, so I’m a quarter of the way through it. The quilt will grow from its outer edges, but I don’t want to add thin strip after thin strip, that way lies madness and inevitable seam mismatches. My plan is now to make a series of squares composed of 16 patch blocks, join those into strips, and then add them to the central square. That way, errors will not be compounded into one enormous and obvious bodge at the outer edge. It’s also a more accurate and manageable way to assemble the pieces, since long strips have a nasty tendency to stretch along one edge, whereas squares hold their shape better.
I have one batch of mid-strength colours still to cut, and then we’re into the paler set, and the stronger batch of warm colours. I have to be careful to keep in mind the direction each square will run and where it sits in relation to the centre. For a quilt that has no overall design, this is certainly quite a mentally demanding piece. I’m making liberal use of scraps of paper with arrows on, pinned to the fabrics and the quilt top.
Right, it’s election day here in Queensland, and I have to go and cast my vote. They’re all grasping, tunnel-visioned scoundrels, but some are worse than others, so it’s a question of picking the least of all evils…