Monday, February 27, 2012
I'm pleased with the end result and learned several things by using a new (to me) quilt as you go technique.
1. The stitch-and-flip technique to piece and quilt at the same time was quick and satisfying.
2. The blocks that I made using the regular foot did cup somewhat compared to those made with the walking foot, but it's not noticeable in the final product.
3. I should have checked the backs of my pieces when cutting and putting them together - I had about 6 sections where the batting was showing (1/8") and I had to do some hand darning to fix.
joining of the blocks post, that I did trim the blocks after they were joined to keep everything square. The top stitching flattened the batting and not trimming would have created volcano-shaped bulges.
6. No matter how hard I tried, I never seemed to get the blocks absolutely lined up.
7. The top stitching technique looks great on the front, but leaves some random looking seams on the back. Although I'd like a "cleaner" look on the back, it took only 2 days to join and bind 42 blocks this way, compared to 3 days for 20 squares on my yellow string quilt using the hand stitch option.