Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Crafts BOM- June- LeMoyne Star Challenge

The new school versus old school challenge continues.

We have met the challenge. The jury is still out on who won the battle. Was it Jana or grandma or the LeMoyne Star.  We humbly report the LeMoyne star was the winner. We finished the block, but it is far from perfect. Still it will go into the sampler quilt imperfections and all. After all as Jana reminds me. "No worry grandma, remember we are just having fun."

We promised ourselves that we would do each and every block in this quilt no matter what. The lesson to learn for this month was the Y seam. This task was actually fairly easy to complete. The instructions where clear and making a don't sew beyond dot helped the seams lay flat.  The problem seemed to be with our measuring and cutting and maybe even sewing of the diamonds. Jana has the "grandma you go first" rule. That way I can work out the kinks on my block. By the time she does her modern block we usually know what we are doing.

This was not the case for this block. Oh from a distance they are acceptable, but you can see that things don't match up very well. I made so many mistakes in sewing, or cutting, the diamonds that I threw out an entire strip, and had to start over. Jana, on the other hand, just picked them up and sewed the pieces together. Hers where nearly perfect. But we still had trouble for some reason. Perhaps it was uneven seam allowances, or some pieces where slightly different in size. My block was really out of whack at the center. Even after doing these two block I still do not really know what happened.

Jana's modern block:  I think she has a good eye for color. And she is not afraid to take a risk with her fabric choices.

More Kaffee Fassett fabric. It met in the middle, but had the beanie effect.

Grandm's old school block: Thank goodness the dark fabric hides the center problems.
This did not meet in the middle, for some reason it was really wonky.

You might wonder why we have an old tablecloth with duck tape. Well when it cracks or accidentially gets cut we just tape it up and Jana writes little inspirational comments on the tape. I could get a new table clothe for just a few dollars, but I just love her little messages.

Oh yeah, we got it done, but don't have plans to do this block anytime soon.

 Coming next (we mean later this month) - Tumbling blocks -

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