Monday, July 01, 2013

Jane Austen continued.....


Well, today is usually the day I bring you a new embroidery stitch.  I have decided though to bring you the Jane Austen update instead.
I am finally piecing together the complete blocks, but one at a time.  I have discovered that this is going to be one almighty headache.   It is taking me about one hour to piece each block and so far I have only finished two.   The problem being that the very small black diamonds do not always end up exactly where I want them to be.   Insert very sad face here.....   I end up having to baste them into place after sewing each to a main fabric strip.  Then I check them by sewing them down in place in thirds.   So, therefore I am envisaging 20 hours of sewing time just to get all the individual blocks together, let alone the rest of the quilt being sewn together after that.   Oh well...they say great things take time, so I am hoping this quilt will be one of those.
I know others in my quilting group who have also tackled this quilt and found the same problem.  Trial and error, trial and error.  But I will not be deterred and I will plug along regardless.


 
These two photos have been taken with the blocks resting on the arm of my sofa, so they may look a tad rounded at the edges.  In real life the block looks correct..  In the second photo, this block has not been finished at this stage and you can see the arm of my sofa behind the block.  :)  
Oh you can so tell I am not a professional blogger or photographer, hahahahahaha...but that kind of makes it fun for me....



 

6 comments:

  1. :-) Just take a look at my crooked photos and you'll see I'm no pro either...
    Your blocks look great.

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    1. Oh thanks Laura B...I am soo glad it is not only me :)

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  2. Oh Vicki-Lorraine it is going to be a stunning quilt and well worth the effort I'm sure!! We won't pressure you!! ;-)

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    1. Oh thanks Nanny....who knows how long this one will take me :)

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  3. Looking great Vicki! Definitely worth the time and effort you are putting in. Such lovely hand stitching.

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    1. Thank you Paula. It is actually doing my head in. Getting the small diamonds to meet up with the large diamond is one big headache.

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