When you applique by hand do your blocks end up not lying flat? Like this one? This is a poor photo with not-quite-right colors but it was the one that showed how it's not flat.
After this photo, I pressed it and most of the "ruffles" came out but there are still a few waves at the edge. Should I be concerned about them? Do I need to change how I applique?
I think this block may get two more stars, small ones, but I'm not sure yet.
I finally made one of the pieced stars. I think they are supposed to be paper-pieced but I just cut a quarter inch around the seams (except on the edges where I added a half inch), and stitched them together. Below, these are partially stitched with the papers pinned in place so I would get the pieces sewn together correctly.
And this is my first finished star.
It could have been wider but I cut it to 5½" x 7½" as the directions said. It could have been wider and longer. I'd like this quilt to finish wider than the ~60" I've heard it will be so perhaps I'll let these stars be wider and add width on other sections of the quilt.
This quilt is fun but it's the craziest way I've ever made a quilt. Cut a little off here, add a little there, make it fit one way or another. It's just a bit of a challenge for me with my perfection-leaning tendencies. Learning lots, though.
While I've been working on this quilt and Linda Brannock's Flowers blocks, I have not been hand quilting. I fear I will come to the end of the year with nothing but one finished quilt and a few finished tops to show. That's not bad, I suppose, but I do love those quilted and bound finishes.
I learned a month or two ago that we'll be welcoming a new grandbaby in November so I need to begin thinking of a quilt to make for him/her. I haven't talked to my daughter for a few weeks because she's been away on vacation but I suspect she knows by now whether the baby is a boy or girl. When I know that I can decide on a quilt.
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