Well I think we can all say we've started! Even if all you've done is ponder :) I had had every intention of posting this blog the day the pattern dropped, but a load of 50 more template sets to pack on Tuesday and 9 hours of teaching on Wednesday soon put the kibosh to that. Oh well, here I am now.
I've loved seeing your wedge starts so much! I'm going to gather some up and post them here tomorrow, so that if you aren't on social media you can still see what everyone has been up to. Now that I've started blogging I will update this a few times a week with bits and pieces, so stay tuned and check back often.
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In this blog I'm going to be showing you some things that I'm working on ahead of you. Please please don't be tempted to jump ahead and think you know measurements or how we are going to do things! I don't want anyone to be disappointed when they realise we were doing things in a certain order for a reason. We've already had a few people cut circles at wrong sizes and sew things on that are going to be cut away afterwards - please be patient. When I show you pics of things I'm working on, they are in progress - that means that I am still designing the quilt, and also it's order of assembly. The order in which I've done things will often not be the order in which I get you to do things, for reasons of structure, ease of sewing, and learning technique. It's a BOM not a complete pattern, things come in sections and believe me, there will be enough work for all of you in the coming months! :)
That being said, here's a pic of where we are headed with this centre. When I took this I hadn't quite finished sewing all the leaves down.
There's been a few questions I can easily answer for you:
1. I can't fit all the circles on?
You need to stagger where they sit to get everything to fit. If all of the flowers are up at the edges then they won't fit, some need to sit lower and some higher. If you want them all to sit high, just put fewer flowers, thats up to you. At this point, all you should have is cardboard shapes.
2. How large is the circle?
The circle should finish at 13" diameter. Don't worry if it doesn't - this is applique and so more forgiving than piecing. While the piecing needs to be accurate to make the circle sit flat, if it's a bit bigger or smaller than intended, it doesn't have to join on to anything else, so you're all good!
3. Can I cut out the fabric flowers?
Please don't :) there are things you need to know about how we are going to make the flowers and the order that things are sewn down in. Also the template on the PDF sheet does NOT have seam allowance added. It's for the cardboard circles, not for the fabric.
4. Why are we using bias for the stems when they're straight?
I mentioned in the video that if you are making your own stems you don't have to make them bias for this section, you can use a straight cut. If you have the tape - it's for convenience and speed!
5. What are the fabrics you used in the demo video?
The background fabric is from Windham Fabrics, it's called Wonderland by Angela Pingel. The two fabrics in the piece wedges are Cotton + Steel Basics and the navy blue with words is a sneak peek from my upcoming Windham Fabrics collection, Word Play.
Have fun sewing everyone! If I'm quiet online over the next few days, it's because I'm madly sewing samples for my new fabric collection, playing catch up on the BOM quilt - and I'm also travelling to Victoria to see my son row on Friday and Saturday. I'll still be checking in, but sometimes life gets in the way of immediate Facebook responses :) See you soon!