Sunday, June 12, 2011

Union Jack Quilt

The left side of the Union Jack to be joined by....

...the right side. 
Wow, I had no idea I just started this last week.  Doing a quilt that requires piecing large pieces of fabric together really goes quickly.  This is a fun project, and I got to use a template for the first time but that just makes me dislike templates a bit.  Here is the whiny portion of this blog post.  Yes, it is going quickly.  This is despite the fact that I had to remake the solid red stripes because the directions for the template didn't say that I should turn the template upside down for half of the stripes.  This would have been helpful.  Sigh.  Also, the directions for the template were confusing.  I was directed to cut out paper according to measurements in the pattern.  But when cutting fabric out around the template, the directions said to keep a quarter inch seam allowance.  I wasn't sure if that meant when I cut it if I was to cut a quarter inch beyond the template and if that was the case why wasn't the template just made a quarter inch bigger?  Much like the city of London during World War II, I carried on and figured I could trim down as needed.

I only need to put the red stripe down the middle and then work on the back.  Overall, I like it even though the points aren't nearly as sharp as I would like them to be.  I do know more now that I've done this once and will be ready with sharp points and an upside down template next time.

3 comments:

  1. Oh those little snags ... but it's looking good. Can't wait to see it together.

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