Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Spool Star

I purchased this pattern a year or so ago, took it out several times and just couldn't get my head around it.  It just looked like a picture to me, one that had to be cut up and sewn back together x8, adding the seam allowance of course.  What the heck did I pay for when I actually had to make the pattern myself???  That ordeal alone had me in a sweat, several times.   I wasn't at all impressed with the pattern so won't link back to where I purchased it, suffice to say, I won't purchase from them again :)
Those spool ends are narrow!  That's what I'm blaming the miss matched seams on ;)  When I was finished I had an octagon, and contemplated not adding the corners, but in the end I went for the square look.  I free motioned a meandering stitch in the negative space and left everything else un-quilted.  I haven't attempted FMQ in a long long time, so I'm well pleased with this :)  End result  =  14 1/4" x 14 1/4" Mini for my sewing room wall.  I hardly notice those miss matched seams ;)




8 comments:

  1. Nothing worse than buying a pattern that is frustrating or just not good! Your mini quilt is beautiful nonetheless!

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    1. Thank you Jayne, I'm glad I stuck with it. If I were to do it again I'd take a little more care with the spool ends.

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  2. Really cute! Fun fabrics and it looks great on your wall. Was it a paper pieced pattern?

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  3. Yes, though I wouldn't exactly call what I purchased a pattern. Maybe I've just been spoiled by the really good FPP patterns I've used :)

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  4. Oooh. I really like this one. Too bad the pattern wasn't up to snuff. I'll have to show you a new trick I learned for matching paper pieced sections... it's a game changer!

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    1. It was worth the frustration, in spite of the miss matched seams, which to be honest were my own fault. I could have (and should have) unpicked a few of them ;) I like new tricks, especially if they make things easier :)

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  5. I'm sorry you had a frustrating pattern experience. It came out lovely. You made the perfect choice for quilting it! Thank you for linking up with me for TGIFF! :-)

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    1. Frustrating patterns are part and parcel of quilting. They help us grow ;) I can easily say that NOW, but it wasn't what I was saying at the time.

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