Laughing At Myself

and I deserve it. My last post commented about quilters who put up eye candy of an array of fabrics, claiming they will use it to make a particular pattern. I don’t work that way, always changing pattern and/or fabrics while the quilt is in process. But…

Today I went to Inspirations, one of my favorite local quilt shops, and bought

I intend to use these fabrics to make that pattern:

And these fabrics to make that pattern:

In my defense, I’m developing a class on medallions for beginning quilters. Rather than step them through a sampler, I’ll teach construction of blocks and units in a medallion format. So these fabrics for that pattern will allow me to make samples in two different colorways.

Note the units and blocks they can learn: variable star, half-square triangles, and puss in the corner blocks. Of course the star requires flying geese. And I don’t know about you, but figuring out sizing for corner blocks — even plain ones — baffled me when I was a new quilter. I think it can be fun, challenging, and help them create beautiful quilts.

So yes, today I am laughing at myself. But there’s a method to my madness!

Did you make a sampler as one of your first quilts? What block or technique gave you the most fits as a new quilter?


8 thoughts on “Laughing At Myself

  1. KerryCan

    I did a sampler quilt as my first quilt and did it almost entirely by hand–piecing and quilting. As Treadlemusic says, it’s a lot easier to get points to match, etc., when hand piecing but, Lordy, it takes a long time to finish anything!

  2. treadlemusic

    I learned about quilting/piecing back “in the day” of doing it by hand. It was a lot easier to adjust things with that technique rather than the machine construction of today. The process was slower and any needed corrections were spotted much sooner than chain piecing a stack of pieces only to discover the error down the road! Love both versions/color ways!! Also, the results are a finish that is impressive. My first quilting pieces looked like what they were…….learning pieces……not something that had a use really.

    1. Melanie in IA Post author

      My first pieces… I have repaired one fairly extensively. I know the fabric of another is disintegrating… 🙂 That’s okay. They were made from love more than skill.

      I haven’t done hand-piecing. I can see what you mean about slowing things down and seeing needed adjustments early.

    1. Melanie in IA Post author

      I’d be glad to help. Are there particular “scares” you have with them? I’ve worked on them A LOT and can answer most questions, I think.

  3. farmquilter

    HSTs and flying geese – the precision needed for both cutting and sewing took a while to figure out – I would rather make them a little too big and trim down, even though I hate trimming I like the results.


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