The “My Favorite Color is Moda Sampler” came to my attention because Studio Stitch is offering it as a block of the month this year.
At the same time, I decided to abandon my temperature quilt, which left a lot of solid color yardage to be re-purposed.
Voila! I went to Studio Stitch and got the pattern booklet to re-purpose the temperature quilt fabrics! Of course I don’t follow directions, so I re-drafted Block 1 to change the color scheme and construction methods.
My re-drafted block is constructed as a medallion rather than as the complex 9-patch construction in the Moda booklet. It’s neither better nor worse, but presents different challenges. Here are a few tips for having all those points “come out right”:
- Of course you already have cut carefully and obtained a uniform scant 1/4″ seam allowance. Alas, that isn’t enough!
- Where points come together, lay the blocks right sides together (RST) as they will be stitched and stick a pin straight through at the point where two fabrics interesect on block 1 and into the point where fabrics intersect in block 2 in order to match up these points. Keep the pin vertical while you insert pins on either side of it to hold the blocks in place. Then remove the vertical pin.
- Baste part of the seam, starting about 1″ before the intersection and ending about 1″ after the intersection. I just use the longest stitch on my machine for this. Gently open the seam and check the points. If the match is perfect, return to regular stitch length and stitch the whole seam. If it’s not perfect, just remove the basting and try again.
- When joining rows where multiple points need to match up, do steps 2 and 3 for each of the points! If one side is a little too long between points, stitch with that side down and the feed dogs will take up the slack.
- Set your own standard for what constitutes a perfect match! If it’s good enough for you, it’s good enough for anybody else!
And a big THANK YOU to folks who made suggestions for how I can re-purpose the strips I’ve already made for the temperature quilt. I almost threw them out! Now I have some nice ideas on what to do with them. To be continued.