Autumn Chains is being quilted on my Bernina during the daylight hours when I can see to quilt better. So during the evening hours when it is too dark up here in the studio to quilt confidently, I spend time on Vines and Stars. I'm really trying to maximize the hours I have when I'm not at work.
Last week, I showed just the applique strips and the stars completed at that time. You can see photos in my last post here. Here is a look at what has happened since then.
There are two more blocks than there were in the last post. That doesn't seem like much progress, but all of the remaining 16 blocks have now been cut. All of the background triangles have been added to the design wall as well. If things seem a bit off, remember that all of these pieces are separate pieces placed on the design wall. The quilt looks a bit "wonky" at this point, but it will be fine when everything is stitched together.
See all of those white spares? Yep, 16 of them to be filled in yet. Do you notice what is missing? I mean besides those 16 blocks? There is very little blue and yellow ! How did I miss that? That is why a design wall is essential -- you get to see the big picture before the blocks are sewn together. I've actually added very little more blue, but there are several yellow blocks waiting to be stitched together.
You may remember that there was some doubt that there would be a sufficient amount of the black background fabric. It was purchased when we lived in a different state several years ago, so purchasing additional fabric was not an option. Here is what was left once the background pieces and remaining blocks were cut out.
Yikes! The largest leftover chunk is 9" x 12-1/2". Enough to go back and re cut the block in the lower left corner. Did you notice it? Nope, you can't see it. There is NO contrast in the photo. In person, I can see it is a block made with a dark rust star, but it disappears in the photo. Maybe there will have to be a blue block to replace that one.
Design walls and taking photos in progress are a good thing in quilt making! It is far better to see a problem before all the pieces are stitched together.
Hope you are having an absolutely awesome week!
Until next time