It took some time, but I have mastered this pattern (at least the Medallion part). Hubby fixed a neat set up to guide the fabric on my Designer 1. I have always used the foot with the metal guide,but then I would have the “trail off problem”. Start with a 1/4″ seam and end up with an 1/8″. He took one of my old creative grid rulers, removed all the markings and cut a 1″ x 2 3/4″ piece from it. Then he taped it on with painter’s tape. I use painter’s tape on my featherweight for a guide and it works well, but this is absolutely wonderful!
The plastic is under the tape. He has added a marker on the right side because I will have to move the guide each time I change the bobbin but who cares since I get such beautiful seams now!
Perfect 1/4″ seam allowance!
Now for the real accomplish – TaDa – Robin’s Nest Medallion on the Design Wall.
It is hard to believe that it took 2 weeks to make this – TWICE – When I was ready to sew the center Hexagon on – I found out that it was off at least 1/8″ off on 3 sides – not good. So that problem was corrected and I appliqued it to the first ring.
Now on to the 2nd ring of Blue stars. Yesterday and today I finished them and here they are on the Design Wall. I will probably take a day off tomorrow from quilting and may do some hand quilting, or maybe just applique, OR we may do a day trip just to get out of the house!
I made 4 dark blues, 4 medium blues, and 4 light blues and the setting triangles are black with a wheat design. I did not have one problem making these stars since I discovered Jenny Beyer’s video on cutting the Flying Geese background by cutting a square and then cut it in diagonally twice. NO MORE BIAS PROBLEMS! Each star would come out just perfect at 3 1/2″! I also want to thank Clay for taking the time to help me with the guide for my machine! Great to have an Engineer around.
A lot of frustrating and hard work, but it will be a beautiful quilt and I plan on showing it next year.
I hope your day went well and that you have plenty of time to sew this week.