The Co-Quilter (otherwise known as Schnap, but now referred to in this posting as Co-Q, not to be confused with Co-Q10 which is something else entirely but apparently recommended by Dr. Andrew Weil) is requesting that the quilt pieces be moved lower. The Kaleidoscope quilt pieces are currently about 3 feet higher than Co-Q would like.
Because the pieces cut for this quilt are largely on the bias, and highly persnickety about how they fit together, I believe that Co-Q should just be pointing and making recommendations rather than moving things around. Co-Q did not agree and expressed her annoyance with barking, growling, shin nudges, and a hairy eyeball.
Here are things I learned sewing kaleidoscope #1 together and cutting kaleidoscope #2 that I’m not sure is in the book (which I think does a very nice job with instructions)
- Sew the strata with a close stitch – I used the 2.2 setting on my machine (whatever that means) You will be cutting the strips apart into funky shapes and you don’t want the seams to open up on the sides before you anchor them with the subsequent seams.
- Pressing is super important. Press in the directions Mr. Tims says in the books. Press open seams when he says as well even though that’s a pain.
- Do not go crazy pressing with steam and stretch seams.
- There is a big fat lump in the middle of the kaleidoscope (Mr. Tims calls it ‘the nose’ where 12 joins meet. If you press carefully, it’s not as crazy as you might think. But it’s still thick, there’s no avoiding that.
- See the little pointy bits in the middle below in kaleidoscope #2? I think they’re going to be problematic. When you cut ‘the noses’ of the kaleidoscope, it would be best to avoid having a seam closer than about 2″ from the point of the nose because of the bulky build up in that area. I fear that I may have a problem with kaleidoscope #2 that I cut from leftovers of kaleidoscope #1 what with the seam about 1/2″ away from nose, and I am considering recutting that pattern piece with some new strata pieces with more of a margin.