Monday, June 27, 2016

Quilting Conundrum

I am making a quilt for a designer and this is the block. Oh cool, looks simple...but it isn't as simple as it looks!
 I have all the pinwheels made and am trying to find the best way to streamline the strip setting.
 I tried this...



 But wasn't happy with the waste. I could get 10 corners with one strip set. 
 Then I thought paper piecing might be a good option. I could only get one corner printed on EQ so had to fiddle around with the copy machine to make this. After making a few this way I still wasn't thrilled.
 Bonnie has been helping me try to figure this out and this was another option.
 This option meant I could print more patterns from EQ. But they were not the right size width strips.
 So, I think I'm back to the drawing board which seems to be the most accurate way for me to work although it isn't very streamlined.



8 down, 50+ to go!

Have a wonderful Monday.

34 comments:

  1. Love the secondary design! Good luck in getting this figured out.

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  2. It may not be streamline, but it surely is beautiful! I guess beauty just doesn't come easy!

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  3. This is a beautiful design, too bad it has such an issue. What if you make strips with only 2 black and 2 white? You'll be able to cut the triangle much closer as there will be no lost. I know that the second triangle will be the wrong setting of colours but maybe you can do another quilt with it? At least, it wouldn't be completely lost. You might also have to cut the top white strip larger in order to cover the entire tip of the corner. Anywho! That's my humble little idea. Good luck with finding a solution that works for you. ;^)

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  4. That is a beautiful block and I know I have a hard time getting all my pieces lined up, I don't think I have a quilt that isn't wonky, lol.

    Debbie

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  5. Quilt making can be filled with conundrums, but it looks like you've come up with a good solution.

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  6. Better you than me. Where do you find the time?

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  7. I was thinking like Scrap and Quilt, but hadn't gotten to the point of realizing there'd be unusable combos. Your solution is unique, but in the end are you getting about the same amount of waste?

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  8. It's a very striking pattern! I hate wasting fabric too - I hope you can come up with a good solution! They look like pinwheel and courthouse steps blocks alternating on point when set together.

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  9. This is a beautiful block, but I don't think I have the patience to make something like this, so will look forward to seeing your completed quilt top. It's going to be fabulous.

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  10. When I was reading I thought, "how about paper piecing?" Then your next line was "I thought about paper piecing." Then, I really felt your pain. You are doing a great job on it.

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  11. This looks like a hard one to do and have things match up. Probably not one I would stitch and be happy about doing.

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  12. Well, I am loving the look of this, but have to say--I am glad it is you making it and not me. : )

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  13. A simple alternative would be pinwheels and framed square blocks set on point with sashing.

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    1. I am trying to keep it somewhat the way the woman sent the directions to me. And I've already cut a bunch out!

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  14. Have fun with it. I hate when conundrum happens.

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  15. Have fun with it. I hate when conundrum happens.

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  16. Seems to me, this is more like a genius at work! Already loving the layout and design! And like I always say, when you start playing with your fabric, designs and layout, you are growing by leaps and bounds because it usually leads to more projects! Good for you!

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  17. I vote for method one, with the strips cut into your triangles. The ''waste'' strips will make a wonderful border or binding on a future project.

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  18. Like what was mentioned before, I would sew a strip set blue-light-blue-light and cut the one triangle. For the next triangle, add a separate blue strip to get the size, then continue to cut the third triangle. I know what you mean about the waste. I hope this solves the problem and makes sense.

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    1. I do get it, but I'm not sure it would be any easier.

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  19. PS Are you working this out for the designer, as in a possible pattern where you need to find the easiest and most efficient way? If so I can see it would present an even greater challenge!

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  20. Ditto to what Anne said! I would totally make the pinwheel blocks and the strip (log cabin blocks) separate and just line them up on point. That seems much faster and easier. But maybe that's just the way my brain works. It's going to be pretty in the end no matter which piecing method you choose. Good luck!

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  21. I was thinking 'this would be something Bonnie would be good figuring out....' and then your next statement was 'Bonnie has been helping me....' Lol. That was going to be my suggestion......call in Bonnie...so now I am out of suggestions. Like you said, it looks easy but it's not.

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  22. Oh, I did have one suggestion. Would it be easier to look at the block as a four patch? Each quadrant would have half the square made up of 4 strips and half square is two triangles. you might not want to consider that if you already have all the pinwheels finished.

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  23. I like the look of it on your wall but it's going to change a lot when stitched together as the width of the blue line will disappear in the seam. Hope it all works out for you.

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  24. I love your block and the setting of your top !
    Good luck for the 50 others ! Wow !

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  25. ouch - I don't do bias on edges. I guess there is no way to avoid it. Makes a cool secondary pattern.

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  26. Very cool secondary design. I always try to find a fast way to make blocks, sometimes it works, sometimes I just follow the directions. :)

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  27. interesting research to find the good method! great quilt!

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  28. Wow!!! It's a big task! You are doing a great job, Lori!

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  29. It will look great when it is done, but...YIKES!

    BTW, I wanted you to know that I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award! I always enjoy reading your blog and keeping up with your projects. Details are here: https://katyquilts.net/2016/06/28/one-lovely-blog-award/

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