Monday, June 13, 2016

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Last sewing day was a bit of a nightmare.  I decided to start on the Red Cross block, which is a foundation paper pieced block.  Monika has already made her version...

And this was the version in the book...

Flicking through the book, this was one of the quilts I loved.  It has MY colours, I really like the block, and I love the setting... with the large grey triangles forming an on point centre square.  Very modern, but also very traditional... and I love the quilting, although you would have to be mental to even consider quilting all those pebbles!  So that covers the GOOD.

 And even these cute little units were pretty too.

And then it went downhill in a major way.  Cue the BAD and the UGLY...

Sometimes foundation piecing just does not go the way it is supposed to.  And it is so frustrating when the pieces get caught up underneath, regardless of how carefully you handle them.  After all the likes and loves in this post so far, you would maybe expect me to admit to wanting to make this quilt, and in some ways I would.  BUT, and that is a big but, I hate the way the four small foundation units fit together, as they leave a lot of scope for ugly meeting points.  Go ahead, scroll back up and check out the way the rectangles join up.  In fact, I had pretty much crossed this one off my list of possibles, because of the foundation piecing.  I think I would much rather just piece the units completely, and miss out the foundation piecing altogether.  Looking at the block, I think that would be pretty easy.  I feel the need to do some EQ7 designing.  Something else to think about in the grand scheme of things.


  1. A lovely pattern. I think foundation piecing must make work more easy and make chainpiecing possible. Just piecing this blocks seems to me less difficult rectangle join ups. Good luck with the designing.

  2. It is a lovely pattern, but surely it would be easier to construct it with squares rather than all those triangles- four green/white triangles joined with the blue rectangles? It wouldn't be difficult to draw, even on graph paper, I expect! Go on, you can do it!

  3. I'm with you...redesign the construction method on EQ7.

  4. Sometimes it's good to know when you're beat... I think a pieced version would be just as cool!

  5. Different techniques call to each of us. :) Go for it! It sure is a nice that quilt that calls to me, too, so I totally get wanting to make it.

  6. Why would you foundation piece that in the first place? I guess some people just love foundation piecing and use it as their preference, but I'm with you: I love the block (so cool on point) but redesign it and piece it 'normally'!