The meeting of the purple points in the center is not as accurate as I would have liked – but I know I will get better as I go along. Click on the photo for an enlargement and you can see the wonky center . This block is in the upper left hand corner – and nobody will see it up close.
Piecing curved blocks is quite different from the straight lines I have been used to (the Batik Hexagons and the Patchwork of the Crosses.)
Half way through the piecing of this block I was so frustrated I was seriously wondering if I could finish all 36 blocks. I emailed the “curved piecing expert” Cathi Godwin of Quilt Obsession. She answered right away and lo and behold I was doing almost everything the wrong way – or at least not the best way.
I was using regular pins and she suggested using a #12 needle – thinner than any pin so the fabric isn’t distorted as much.
I was pinning at all the match points at once and she said to only pin one at a time – stitch up to the match point remove the needle and place it at the next matchpoint – and so on along the seam. She also suggested taking a small back stitch at each matchpoint.
I was starting my stitching right on the cross hair and Cathi starts one stitch in and then back stitches so the knots are not all clumped up at the corners.
I wasn’t clipping the concave curves – now I am.