Monday, January 19, 2015

Something on the Design Wall

Granted, it's not much of a design wall and not much on it.  I wanted to start a new leaders and enders quilt and thought I found one with this quilt pattern I found in an older book (1979).





I made the plastic templates, cut out a lot of pieces, and then tried it out.  That's when I found out it isn't a good pattern for the fairly mindless task of leaders and enders.  Piece A and B went together with no problem, but piece C had to be added just right or it didn't line up with the curve.  And that curve on piece D was too much work for leaders and enders.  Even paying close attention, my pieces A through D didn't fit the curve right.

That's when I decided this would be better suited to English paper piecing.  So I copied all the pieces over and over until I had enough to make a sheet of each, and then cut them out, sorted them into bags and then started stitching while we watched a movie Friday evening.  It worked, but there was a fold at the corner of point A that would make it hard to applique onto a block, but most of all, I just didn't want another paper piecing project.

So I did some slight redrafting of the pattern making just one template piece for A through D, and longer than actually needed, and one template piece for the combined A through D.  When the four pieces were put together, it was a simple matter to cut the right curve.  The only line that absolutely has to match up is D.



Then curved pieces D and F can go on later.


I still haven't decided how I am going to applique it to the block.  The pattern says to turn the edges but their photo looks like they did a tight zigzag around the edges and I don't care for that look.

I linked to Patchwork Times, Quilting is more than than housework, and A Quilting Chick.

18 comments:

Karen Loftin said...

That is breath-taking beautiful. hut I didn't understand the steps - hence I don't quilt! Although there is a group at church (our old/new again church) that quilts. I may join them. No experience necessary say they!

Linda Dutch said...

Gosh, well done you for all that re drawing! It's a beautiful butterfly now! Maybe hand applique it onto the block? How many are you going to do? Linda

martidiy said...

Thank you. I'm sorry the instructions weren't clear. Maybe I should do that over again.

martidiy said...

Thank you, and thanks for visiting my blog also. I did think I'd hand applique but I can't decide on needle turn or interface. I'll probably try each and see which works better.

knitnkwilt said...

May not be a great leader-ender project, but it sure is a good scrap project! Great solution to the curve problem!

Kate said...

What a great idea to redraft the pattern. Butterflies are my favorite quilting motif. Yours are beautiful.

Vicki in MN said...

Another great use for scraps!

Vicki in MN said...

BTW -thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, since you are a no reply blogger I thought I'd thank you here :-)

Jasmine said...

I love your butterflies. And it sounds like you have found the best way to put it together. Good job.

martidiy said...

Thanks. It will be work now to do the fan part as leader and ender. Not what I had in mind, but ok. I think it's an interesting block so I'll do it regardless.

martidiy said...

Thank you. I like butterflies too and had been searching for a pattern that would use some scraps, so this was perfect.

martidiy said...

Thanks, I think I made more scraps than I used, but maybe I can use more of them now.

martidiy said...

Thanks for the heads-up. I changed it now. I guess I didn't change it over when I set up that new account.

martidiy said...

Thanks. I think this will work better and look pretty much the same.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

What pretty butterflies! Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

Have you thought about finishing the edge with a blanket stitch? It might give the look of a lacey edge.

martidiy said...

Thank you! Yes, I thought about blanket stitch if I do a stitch around it. I'm going to hand quilt this I think, so I have a couple of options.

Cathy said...

I love it!!! Such a pretty project. Sorry I didn't come by earlier but for some reason I didn't get notified of your linkup. But I'm glad I found you because this project is gorgeous!!! :)

martidiy said...

Thank you! I think this will be a fun quilt. Maybe the notification is just like the comment notification and blogspot just fell down on the job there.