Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Practice, Practice, Practice ...

LeMoyne Stars quilt in progressIf you saw this photo pop up on your feed and reacted by thinking that it doesn't look quite like a Sophie project ... you'd be right.

But this project–to finish a quilt that a mother started for her daughter, but couldn't finish–is what I'm working on these days.

All the pieces for the 100 Lemoyne star blocks  have been cut, as have the borders.

The placement of the fabrics within the blocks and the layout of the blocks in the quilt has been specified very carefully in a colored pencil drawing on graph paper.

Twenty-some of the blocks had been made and the top two rows assembled.  I have probably made one third of the additional blocks needed. Here's a look at the upper left quarter of the quilt-in-progress on the design wall.


LeMoyne Stars quilt in progress

I have come to think of this quilt as an opportunity for practice and problem-solving.

I never really thought about how the Lemoyne star consists of nothing but Y-seams–I expect to be pretty good at them by the time this is done. The problem solving comes from the challenge of working with pre-cut pieces that weren't so accurately cut, but since you can't make a too-small piece larger and there are no measurements, templates or extra fabrics ... I am making do and changing up my process a bit so that fabrics are aligned from the Y of those Y-seams, so the shortage/extra ends up around the outside of the block.

It isn't lost on me that each month I ask the Block Lotto community to make blocks of MY design using fabrics and colors of MY choice ... and in this project, I am forced to follow someone else's design choices–it feels a little like a sort of karmic payback.   Though, I have to admit that this brown + pastels color way is starting to grow on me ...

8 comments:

QuiltSwissy said...

the project is not all that bad, I kinda like it. Looks more modern than i would have thought when you said it was something a mom couldn't finish for her daughter. That made me think "old".

Your karma will be rewarded! Indeed, Grasshopper.

Sharon said...

I like this, although I don't envy you all those Y seams. Yikes! Love your Karma thought. You may be right.... ;)

Needled Mom said...

That is a lot of Y seams. I'm sure it will be treasured in the end and you will be pleased with your finish.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I made one Lemoyne star in my first machine piecing class -- you are braver than Yours truly! Like Glen , I like the underlying rhythm of this one (despite all those Y seams).

Sewing Up A Storm said...

I like it. You will be an expert on the Y seams when you are done. Hey did you hear that Victoria Wolfe Findlay will be in ABQ on the 17th. I am going to the dinner and talk about her 15 Min of Play. Her blog has the details, I think it was posted Thursday or Friday last week......maybe Saturday.

joe tulips said...

LOL. Karma! You are doing a wonderful thing here.

desertskyquilts said...

Love seeing the pictures now that I know what you are doing. I can see how it would be a challenge, but you are up to it. These look wonderful and the finished project will be a memory for the daughter, and better than all the pieces sitting in a box.

Marsha Blog said...

practice makes us perfect! :)

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