Second, in the quilt world, those perfectly matched seams are so prized, and expected of someone with experience. Ha! In this quilt layout, I find only a few spots to match a seam with long stretches of nothingness to guide and reassure me.
I have 3 vertical rows joined here. Two wide ones and one narrow one on the left side. I have a few more vertical rows sewn that are just pinned to the wall, too. The first 2 rows were a breeze.....then the third one came along.
The top row of the first block in the third row--confused yet?----needs to align with bottom row of the first block in the first row. Giggle/grin/sigh.....I know, that is exactly how I felt.
This close up should help you see why I was a bit unnerved. I got to the third row and found little to match. The staggered blocks are a blessing---ease of sewing---and a curse---nothing to register with.
So out came the pins....those long, pointy things with knobs on the top that leave pricks along the way. I pinned the places that need to align....and hoped for the best.
Actually, the rows are going together well....just a bit slower sewing than normal. Since each one is different, I am slowing down in an attempt to avoid mistakes in joining pieces. I sure would hate to have to return to the store and buy more fabric!
One other little trick I used while piecing the vertical rows for this one.....I used a sticky note on the layout photo in the book to mark which row I was piecing. Example......when I finished up the third row, I moved the piece on to the fourth row----lining up the edge of the sticky note with the row in the book. It helped keep the confusion down.
I also got one donation quilt pinned.
This is a guild quilt for Habitat for Humanity that I was volunteered to quilt. LOL.....wait till I show the backing...it's a doozy. I am pinning a table topper/runner right now too. I am just stacking them up for Hot Legs.