I finished it! This will not be the actually block design that I will use but it's one that EQ had in the library and was close enough for experimentation. It was actually fun to do! This size – 1.5" – is certainly the smallest size that I can handle. So next I will start designing the actual block and the quilt layout. I will be using hand-dyed fabrics. Here's what I learned on this one:
- Cut the fabric pieces relatively large. Fabric is cheap, sanity isn't.
- Leave the foundation paper on as long as possible. I made the mistake of removing the foundation paper before adding the narrow white borders and that made this block get out of square.
- The block has about 6 foundations. As each is sewn together I hand basted then through the critical intersecting points – that made things a lot easier
- When sewing with seam allowance down, place a large piece of the foundation paper on the bottom so that the seam allowance will not twist.
I'll have to practice a couple with the real pattern and real fabric before I declare that I have the skill to pull this off!