Saturday, April 13, 2019

Octagons Delight!

     OBW Octagons continued: After arranging/rearranging the triangle squares in the spaces between the octagons, I had to figure a way to get them off the wall and sew them. 

      In the book, she recommends taking two off the wall at a time. I did not want that kind of torture and knew I would not get those triangles in the right spots, so I pulled out my old friend, freezer paper.
      I already had cut squares that I had place another project on before, so that was easy. I numbered the rows and letter the columns- like A1, A2, etc with painters tape. Then I placed each block with the triangles on the paper and ironed it down. I made columns A through E piles. 
     I chose to chain piece three squares at a time. I put a colored flower pin in each octagon oriented flower to the top, the same color  pin and the same orientation on the freezer paper, and started on each octagon in the same corner and chain pieced. Even if I came back after a phone call or interruption, I knew exactly what piece went where. The only mistakes I made were on the first six blocks when I had not figured out the system yet.
Pin placement to keep orientation piecing correct.
Blocks sewn and trimmed to 8 1/2"
      Every block had to be trimmed to 8 1/2" and I tried to keep the centers consistent but it was almost impossible to keep the connecting blocks having precisely matched up seams. In the book, she says don't worry about it. I couldn't help it.
     I did the webbing technique, sewing two columns blocks together keeping the rows connected by threads. Then I sewed all the rows. All seams in this quilt were pressed open due to the bulk and the bias. I don't usually, but this quilt needs it. 
     I have to say, sewing this quilt together was like little jolts of electricity- I was so enthralled to see what was happening and when I sewed it all- I was awestruck. I just can't believe what this fabric did. I love it. I am not sure how to finish it. I want it to look like it is in a gallery frame with not a lot of attention to the frame. Puzzling the finishing through while basking in the beauty.

Ta- da!!


Debbie said...

I like this so much! It is amazing what those corner pieces do to blend the parts together. Be very proud of your fabric choice and this top!
Of course you want all the seams to match just so, but it is so busy that only superman vision will see them.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

You got so many different designs from that fabric. It is beautiful.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

That is really pretty! Who knew that fabric had such potential? Guess that was a silly question - YOU knew it had potential - and the results are amazing! I'm looking forward to seeing what you do for your "gallery frame" - ;))

Mystic Quilter said...

Linda I have been missing reading blog posts - again - and only just catching up on your stunning OBW.
One of these is on my long list of quilts to make, I have the book so I'll study it some more after seeing your
beautiful swirling blocks.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

The freezer paper is a fantastic idea!