Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 19 of 19

Thread: Need some critique....

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    36
    I amm getting ready to start my blocks for my wall hanging (I've never quilted before!) It is going to be a gift so I thought I'd hand piece so that the corners, points etc would look sharper.

    Can you take a look at this block (it isn't the same block as the wall hanging) but I did it as a practice. What do you think should I do a practice of the block I am going to do for the wall hanging or just jump right in???

    Don't be shy about what you think I could do better!! I wouldn't ask if I really didn't want to know. (If I just wanted pats on the back - I would have posted this on the pictures forum.)

    Thanks!


    Shooting squares quilt block from Quilter's Cache. Hand pieced.
    Name:  Attachment-8208.jpe
Views: 91
Size:  74.2 KB

  2. #2
    Country Quilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,018
    I think everything looks great!!! I say go for it, your ready!!!

  3. #3
    Super Member sewmuch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    California
    Posts
    1,412
    I sure looks good to me, my first didn't look that good. Go for it!!!

  4. #4
    Banned
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    SW AL
    Posts
    334
    one thing I found online or in one of the gazillion books or magazines I have is this hint:
    take the straight edge and roller blade and even up all sides - trims off the 'ears' and makes (strangely enough) a straight edge....
    not a huge amount - just slivers in some cases - just enuff....

    Wish I'd thought of that 30 years ago LOL

  5. #5
    Leslee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    358
    You did a fine job matching all your points. You left yourself a quarter-inch on the outside edge all around. You got the colors in all the right places. And you say you hand pieced this block? Extra points for that! Lop off the bunny ears like Janeen mentioned and you're ready for the next challenge.

  6. #6
    DJ
    DJ is offline
    Super Member DJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Pacific NW
    Posts
    2,654
    Your block is beautifully done!

    To answer your question, I always like to make a prototype block just to make sure there are no errors in the pattern...at least before I cut all the pieces and find out they had me cut a piece 1/4" too small. It also gives me a chance to see if I have any special problems with the block that I need to work out...figure out which way to press the seams if they don't tell me, etc.

  7. #7
    Super Member Chele's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Belle Isle, Florida
    Posts
    6,737
    Hand sewn? First time quilter? Wow! Looks great to me. You're really paying attention to your points, etc. Chop those dog/bunny ears and jump in! Isn't quilting fun? I can't wait to see your finished wall hanging!

  8. #8
    Senior Member QuiltingTurtle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Rhode Island
    Posts
    694
    I think it looks great. I would do a "test" block of your real pattern. You just never know. Like DJ said just to test the pattern.

  9. #9
    Senior Member humbird's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    974
    Do like DJ and Quilting Turtle suggested, and do a test block. It may save you many headaches! I have been quilting for many years, and still do test blocks for the reasons mentioned above. By the way, that block is beautiful, and well done. Would make a lovely full sized quilt!

    Humbird

  10. #10
    Moderator kathy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    on the Texas Coast
    Posts
    4,050
    DITTO and... love the paisley fabrics!

  11. #11
    bj
    bj is offline
    Super Member bj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Ft. Worth, Texas
    Posts
    3,569
    I have nothing to add to advise you. I think you did a great job on your first effort! I think you are ready to jump in there!

  12. #12
    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Clay Springs AZ
    Posts
    3,228
    You did a a great job.
    The best advice I can give is watch or buy Eleanor Burns, Quilt in a Day.
    She goes into much more detail than other teachers. She even tells you which way to press your seams. She uses the simplests methods.
    If your blocks are not quite the right size dont worry just use the size you made and adjust the sashing to fit. Even Eleanor admits her blocks are not always the size they are susposed to be.
    Watch her for free at Brightcove.

  13. #13
    Super Member Dawn Hendrix's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Wilson, NC
    Posts
    1,661
    I love it.. I especially LOVE the colors.... Great work.. and by the way those were first impressions BEFORE I read the post.

    Get Busy!

  14. #14
    Super Member Pam Pollock's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Beavercreek, OR
    Posts
    1,381
    I think it looks just fine. Nice colors & seams match. You're ready to go. I do agree it is a good idea to make a sample block.

  15. #15
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    36
    just wanted to say THANKS to everyone!! :lol:

    I am going to practice the block. I already have it cut and will start piecing it tonight - I hope!

    Thanks again for the support!

  16. #16
    Super Member isnthatodd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Garland, TX
    Posts
    1,955
    Looks really nice to me. Your seams meet perfectly, as far as I can see. I like the pattern, too.

  17. #17
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,088
    Blog Entries
    1
    No one would ever know that this is your first block! :D :D Great Job! :D :D

  18. #18
    Moderator tlrnhi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    In the middle of a mess...
    Posts
    20,004
    Looks good to me!
    And this was HAND PIECED?
    OMG! No way mine would have come out THAT good!

  19. #19

    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    221
    Yes I agree with everything that's been said, especially about the sample block. If you are a beginner then things can only get better. Well Done

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.