Last fall I took a class at our local quilting store on piecing "flying geese" blocks using Eleanor Burns template. I fell in love with a quilt that had these little flying geese in a puzzle block formation that was on display in the shop and knew I had to make one too. The name of the quilt is Whist from this book.
I started quilting 25 years ago when it was pretty much all done by hand, so machine piecing has been a challenge for me. Now to be honest with you, I am not usually a very particular person, but when it comes to quilting and points.....well, let's just say that bad points make me crazy. Kind of like a squeak in a spinning wheel
(my spinning friends will all get this analogy.)
If you look at the above picture you will see all kinds of bad points....and this was the 4th one in a row that came out like this....aggghhh! I love this Bliss line of fabric designed by Camille and her mother Bonnie , so I didn't want to continue with it until I figured out what I was doing wrong, because it is really hard to find more now.
I thought that perhaps I was not using the template correctly, so I watched a bunch of Eleanor's videos and that was not the problem. I was just about ready to bring my blocks and fabric over to the quilt shop for some help, when Terry mentioned she had heard good reviews about this tool. It not only is good for stitching triangles, but for also maintaining a good scant quarter inch stitch. Hmmm....I was pretty sure that I had purchased one of those a number of years ago but never used it.
Sure enough, there it was nestled in one of my sewing boxes.....and viola! What a difference it made. I guess my eyesight is more challenged than I thought on many levels..LOL. I had been stitching a quarter inch instead of a scant quarter inch and that little bit made all of the difference.
Now that I am back on track with these little blocks I am having fun. Not all of them are perfect, but they are now acceptable...and when one does come out perfectly it makes me smile. 18 blocks finished and 30 more to go. :-)