Wednesday, August 19, 2009

WIP Wednesday - Week 34 - A mountain in DQS#7.

I'll admit I am a bit dissappointed. This quilt isn't turning out as exactly planned. One version I was doing in to halves, thats the one I had pinned in the last post. All looking good till it was time to sew the two halves together. They didn't exactly match..... The joys of making two quilts at the same time, if one technique doesn't work, I can put it to the side and try to do it another way.

So, I lay out the fabric and cut the area's that would be white. I lay this over the quilt first, drew the circles using the flying geese as a guide, then removed the quilt to cut these.

The idea being to snip the curves, so they would lay flat. Just tuck the seams under and sew into place. Sort of like a hidden layer?

All pinned into place, ironed down. Inner circle first, all good, not as smooth a curve as I would have liked, but pretty good. Middle circles next, looking good.

Then the outer circle, you'd think I'd be on the home stretch wouldn't you? I have created a mini mountain range on the outer rim of this quilt! I don't know if I have ironed it wrong, snipped my notches to far apart? Too close together? And then I got to the end I had an extra few cms of fabric! When it was lying flat on top it was okay. Somewhere between the pinning and the sewing I'm getting a taunt mountain range. Maybe I need my walking foot? Maybe I need next time to think of a design which paper peices the whole quilt rather than combining two techniques? Now I am going to go back to the other and unpick it all and try to maybe vizofix it into place first...

10 comments:

Isa said...

Oh wow.
You really put a lot of work in this one.
I love the design

Leah said...

How disappointing for you - hope the vleisofix does the trick :)

Anne said...

It still looks fantastic! Have you ever tried the freezer paper method of circles? I have really good success with it. Here's a link to see how to do it: http://www.hgtv.com/crafting/pieced-curves-so-simple/index.html

Cass said...

Good luck I'm sure you will work it out

Cascade Lily said...

Oh crapstick. I know it's not an ideal solution, but maybe you should applique the circles on to a white square? Is that what you're planning on doing with the vliesofix?

KQuiltyBee said...

I wonder if those curved edges stretched? Paper piecing sounds the safest. I just love this quilt even if it is lumpy.

jaybird said...

not sure what is going on.. but i'm sure you'll figure it out and it still does look beautiful!

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Sorry you are frustrated! I made a block with a circle once, I ended up appliqueing the circle to the outside with a small zig-zag and trimming up the seam allowance underneath. I could show you a pic of the finished block if you want :) I know that you will find a solution!!

Margaret aka Supermom said...

somewhere the outer arc got stretched...bummer. Perhaps a better/easier way is to use one large white background square and hand applique (or machine if you prefer) the geese circles down. Somehow, it'll look good in the end... :-)

margaret

Natalie said...

I'm sure you'll find a solution Helen, it's looking amazing!