I got the three additional fabrics dyed, washed and ironed and I'm ready to start this project. Let me show you a little about these these patterns work.
The blocks are rectangular and the goldfinch has 16 blocks. This is block A1 (row A, block 1). The sheet on the right is the construction guide. Block A1 consists of 7 foundation sections and the guide sheet tells you exactly what order to do things in. The other two sheets are the foundation sections. In this photo I had already constructed 2 of the sections.
These foundation pieced patterns are designed a little differently from the fondation patterns we are used to but it only takes a few minutes to figure it out and it's actually quite logical.
The complicating factor in this quilt is keeping track of all of the difference fabrics...over 50!
I figure that it's going to take me about 3 weeks to put this all together so I decided to just lay out all of the fabrics in the living room floor. If we actually used this room on a regular basis that hideous carpet and sofa would be long gone. But frankly, this room is really just a dining room a couple of times a year and a sewing annex the rest of the time so I haven't been able to muster any energy for redecorating. Laying out the fabrics here will make it much easier for me to keep track of, and find, the fabrics that I need for each block.
I can bring in the pieces that I need for each section to the sewing room so I don't get confused by too much clutter.
On the guide sheet the bold dotted lines delineate the sections. A1 is the block and the lower case letter is the section. So I've sewn A1b and A1c. The circled numbers on the block indicate the order of piecing.
Here they are sewn together.
In case you were wondering, those little bits are part of the goldfinch head. Blocks A3, A4 and B4 are going to be fast and easy!
If all goes to plan, you will be seeing a lot of this project over the next few weeks.
Today and tomorrow, though, are sewing with my quilt club. I hope to get two veterans quilt tops done that I worked on for the last 2 months.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.