The most difficult part of quilting for me, is math. Ever since I had my worst flare of MS in 1990, math is gone from my brain. It took me 8 years to re-learn to use a calculator. And quilting has helped me re-learn lots of math…just not enough!
So I started this Feathered Star in a class at MQX a few years ago. (The pattern is Ronda Beyer’s Spanish Rose) I got so frustrated with the center that I came close to throwing the whole thing away. But I loved the fabric too much. Today I pulled it out to see if I could problem solve my way through it.
Here is the problem:
Nasty puckers. Why you ask? I was SURE it was because the pattern was wrong. So I took a larger seam, trying to make it fit, which created puckers. Why? Because I wanted to hurry up and get on to the next part. sigh… and it just doesn’t work.
So today I ripped out the whole center block, pressed and measured again. Yeah. I was wrong, not the pattern. Because I stacked (as in Stack n Whack) the center 4 squares and used the wrong damn measurement. Once I trimmed down the 4 smaller blocks, re-sewed it together and put the center back where it belonged, I was happy. It is flat now and has no puckers. Now I feel good about proceeding.
So now I have a design dilemma. Actually, it is just a fabric choice dilemma. The pattern calls for the print to go next, around the center star. But I have enough to use the solid instead. I realize you don’t have the benefit of having the pattern in front of you, but here is a photo of it: Ronda’s Spanish Rose.
Be sure to click on the photo below to see the whole thing.
I know exactly what I am going to do, after discussing it with my favorite design consultant. (Steve) But until we talked about why we liked each fabric, I didn’t know for sure which way I was going to go.
So tell me, do you have a preference? If so, please tell me why. I am sure there is no right or wrong choice, only personal preference.