I’m In, But…

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”:

  1.  Of course you already have cut carefully and obtained a uniform scant 1/4″ seam allowance.  Alas, that isn’t enough!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Set your own standard for what constitutes a perfect match!  If it’s good enough for you, it’s good enough for anybody else!

    My personal standard is “if it’s less than 1/16th inch off, leave it alone! I can see the slight mis-match in the upper left, but really, who cares?

Have fun!

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.

10 thoughts on “I’m In, But…

    • This sampler is promoted by Moda as a “skill builder” meaning, it appears, that you will get lots of experience with HSTs. In contrast, many sampler patterns use a variety of techniques (e.g., applique, HSTs, 9-patch). Neither is right; they’re just different.

      • Now you have me rethinking the temperature quilt. The only thing that is keeping me from scrapping it is that I already cut all the fabric, except for the sashing. I guess the strips that are already made can be used as borders, but I don’t really see that. Also, I have had enough to do with temperatures lately and I do not feel like recording it in fabric. I hate to waste fabric though…and I do not like unfinished projects. My brain froze along with my body last week, so I will have to give it time to thaw out so I can make a decision.

      • Yes, it sounds like your situation in Texas has been pretty bad; I can see not wanting to be reminded of it by making a quilt! My blogging friends had several good suggestions for my abandoned strips and I’ll bet yours would, too. I do have some tiny precut temperature squares, but they went into my scrap pile for future use. It’s only a good project if you enjoy it, I think.

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