Friday, July 30, 2010

A Finish!

It's Done!

Somethings I found out while piecing this:

1. Leaders and Enders are a must. I needed to get a good start at the beginning of each stitching, since I was removing the few stitches in the seam allowance in order to spiral the seams when pressing. Otherwise, I might get a jumble of threads that were a pain to remove.
2. A more contrasting thread would have worked out better. My eyes are too old to see the stitches I needed to remove.
3. Carefully store the Half-Square triangles until needed. Ragged threads are a pain when there are this many seams.
4. The pressing of the first seam between the two Half-Square triangles is the most important. Because I always pressed the first two in the same direction, all my seams fitted together perfectly when I spiral pressed.

And I only used 168 Stitching Lines, less than 2 packages.

Now, on to my quilter!

5 comments:

Candace said...

Gorgeous finish, Mary! My eyes would have never been able to handle such beautiful placement of colors...once the quilting is added it will be even more gorgeous! I always use leaders and enders, too - in class the other day, the instructor called them spiders - gave me goosebumps!
Cheers!

Joyful Quilter said...

More drool is occurring at my house. It turned out beautiful!

Shari said...

What a gorgeous, happy quilt - hooray off to the quilter!

Yaya and Papa said...

Really cute quilt! Thanks for the tips too!!

Cindy said...

Mary, I'm just SEW admiring your quilt. It's SEW inspiring. You have OUTDONE yourself. Kudos to you, my dear blogging friend.

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