Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Lattice Work

I'm finally making some progress on my Urban Lattice Quilt-Along quilt!

Last week I wasn't sure if I would like it. I changed the proportions of the original block design, so I had no idea how it would turn out.

But this week? Completely. Loving. This quilt.

Loving the fairy tale theme of the Far Far Away 2 prints. Loving the muted colors. (I eliminated a few of the deeper FFA prints.) Loving the Kona Stone I chose for the lattice strips. I think it's all absolutely perfect for the mother and baby I had in mind when designing it.

I made the modifications to Cara's block design because I wanted to really play up the FFA prints. So these blocks will be 8" square finished, instead of 12". The lattice is 0.75" wide instead of 1", and the cream background strips are 1.25" finished.

And while I can understand why Cara paper-pieced this quilt the way she did (with reference lines instead of sewing lines), I did a few blocks that way and wasn't thrilled with the results. My presser foot was somehow flipping up the edge of the fabric a little, and it was screwing me up. (Did this happen to anybody else?) So my seams were a little wavy instead of nice and straight. It drove me crazy. After some experimentation, I decided to paper-piece it the traditional way instead, sewing directly onto the lines.

This meant I had to adjust the placement of the lines to where I wanted the seams to be. It also meant I needed to glue the lattice pieces to the unmarked side of the paper. As a result, I marked my lines on the printed side of the paper, so the printing wouldn't show through where bits of the paper remained stuck to the fabric. Marking on the printed side wasn't ideal, but I do like Cara's idea of using scrapbook paper, since it's already square. Plus, I had a book of 8" scrapbook paper on hand that I hadn't touched in five years, so might as well put it to use!

After marking the printed side and gluing the lattice piece to the opposite unprinted side, I flipped the whole thing over to sew directly onto the lines. There's something satisfyingly assured and concrete about sewing on the lines—you know it's going to be pretty darn accurate, regardless of how wonky your cutting was. I like that about this method!

Of course, the drawback is that this method works best when you cut your fabric a bit larger than what you actually need. So there is substantially more waste than with Cara's method. I'm kind of anal, so I'll take the accuracy, even if it means wasting some fabric. But that's just me. : )

I've done 12 blocks, so I have 30 more to go. Can't wait to finish this one up—I'm thinking it's going to be a tough one to give away!

22 comments:

  1. This is just beautiful! I love your colors!

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  2. Wow - looks great! Way to take Cara's pattern and really make it your own.

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  3. I LOVE this! I'm working on a Kitchen Windows quilt using these fabrics. I used Kona white for the window panes and got Kona ivory for the sashing. Seeing your gray really makes me with I had gone with that instead of the ivory!

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  4. The paper gave me a hard time here and there, too, I'll have to try your method next time around. I adore how this is looking, Lee! It's gorgeous!!

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  5. Oh... it will be so pretty!

    I've been working on mine a bit too. :)

    Can't wait to see yours all done!

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  6. I simply love it!! the Kona Stone is my favorite colour in it..beautiful!!!!!

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  7. This is incredible looking!!! I adore the modifications you made, it's turning out stunning!! I can't wait to see more progress. :D

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  8. ACK!! I love it! I'm so glad someone did an 8" block. I might need to make a third lattice quilt using your proportions! I have some AMH little folks that might work well for that!

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  9. This quilt is stunning! Really. LOVE it! That gray and white really makes me want to make this quilt.

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  10. It looks amazing! I've been waiting to see how this was coming along.

    And you're speaking to my heart! Following the lines and a tad of waste in trade for accuracy is my mantra whether paper piecing or trimming to square.

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  11. The blocks are beautiful, no wonder you're loving them! Great job.

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  12. Love the changes you made! It's fantastic. The colors are gorgeous too. Great work.

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  13. I'm with you. I prefer to sew on the lines. And the waste is truly minimal. Love the Kona Stone with FFA!

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  14. I love the changes you made to the original lattice, and your color combo somehow manages to be soothing and fresh at the same time. Love it!

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  15. Lee! This is incredible! You're going to have to make another for yourself.

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  16. What a BEAUtIFUL quilt! I'm so very inspired!

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  17. Stunning! This is going to be beautiful. I love the colors and everything.

    For my Christmas quilt I bought an oversized kids doodle pad at the dollar store to use for the paper. It was super easy to tear off when the time came and was perfect for the oversized blocks.

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  18. love how the slight variation makes such a bold statement. It's going to be a beauty!

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  19. I found the answer to my question. I'm going to try it your way as I sit down to tackle this project.

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  20. What size hexagon did you use?

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    1. Hi Peggy - this project does not use hexagons, just straight-line paper piecing as shown above. Click on the Urban Lattice Quilt-Along link in the post above for more info.

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