It's called Diamonds at Large, but I like to call it....."How to Waste a Moda Layer Cake". Ok, I'll give myself a break. We all have to start somewhere, right? I'm sure even the most talented quilters have "early disasters" tucked away in their closets. The Diamonds at Large design is from the book Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls and Charm Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott.
The Layer Cake I used is Cotton Blossoms. I absolutely adore the majority of the fabrics in this line, but my mistakes with this project were many:
1. Wrong color scheme....The instructions said to use darks and lights. This layer cake had more darks than lights.
2. Seams were sewn wonky. I really need to work on my accuracy. LQS owner showed me a trick. Put two squares (or rectangles) right sides together. On the wrong side of your square, draw a pencil line from corner to corner. Sew your scant 1/4" seam on each side of the pencil line. Once you have sewn a seam on each side of the pencil line, cut along the pencil line. Another LQS owner said to put painters tape on my machine so I will have a line to follow (even though I use a piecing foot with a guide?)
3. Is squaring up your squares really that important? Sheesh!
4. I should have planned which pieces would create the diamonds instead of leaving it up to randomness.
Oh well, I am not giving up. I still have to quilt my two quilt tops which I will be doing myself with Lucy. If I think they are a mess now, they'll probably be a hot mess by the time I finish machine quilting them. Wish me luck!
I am home today taking care of my little grandson who is not feeling well. This evening Heather and I are going to LQS to start cutting our fabric for our next project, Underground Railroad Sampler. It's going to be a three day class. I really should have passed on this but it is a beautiful project and I love the fabric being used....Moda Butterfly Garden. Because Heather and I are new to quilting, our LQS owner offered to help us cut our fabric. She should have offered to help me stitch it so I don't screw it up! LOL Just kidding. While we are at the LQS tonight we are going to test drive a potential investment. That's all I am going to say about that for now!