storm at sea block l ESSENTIAL GUIDE MASTERING STORM AT SEA – TROUBLESHOOTING It’s very satisfying to master complex blocks like Storm at Sea. Here are answers to some questions about making it. Help! I find blocks with lots of triangle points a problem as I have trouble matching up the points... Do you have any advice to achieve this? Help! There are so many possibilities with the Storm at Sea block – how can I tell if I have the balance of fabrics right? For blocks like Storm at Sea, I find foundation paper piecing the best way to achieve good results. However, the units still have to be matched up neatly for the best results. Try this… Choice of fabrics is always a subjective thing, and getting the tonal balance right can be tricky. For this block, I start by aiming for a dark, a medium and a light. I scan fabrics and use them as swatches in a drawing program to gauge the look of a block. However, making a test block is always the best way to proceed. For example, in the sample in the two bright pinks are too similar in tone. I thought the bold print would be loud enough to dominate, but the pink spot fabric is competing with it too much. To proceed with this block, I would find a slightly darker main print. Try this… 1 The first thing to check is that you have a ¼in seam allowance at each point of a unit. shows these crucial areas. If making the block with foundation paper piecing, these seam allowances should be near perfect, but sewing with normal piecing may not be so accurate, so check and trim if needed. I place the two units right sides together ( and then peel back the top unit to see if the triangle points are going to match ( If they do, then it’s okay to pin the pieces. If they don’t match, ease the pieces into alignment. I also pin horizontally, so I can open up the seam to double check before sewing ( You will need to remove the pins before the machine gets to them. Fig 16B) Fig 16A Fig 16C). Fig 17, 2 Fig 16D). To help me match up points, I use what I call the ‘peek-a-boo’ method. Fig 16 Matching points A C B Peel the top unit back to check the points will match Fig 17 Considering tonal balance Wrong side ¼in seam allowance needed to preserve points D Right side Pin horizontally for a final peel-back check and includes everything she has learnt working with the industry’s best designers. For Linda is working with the team to select practical and creative techniques. She will then go in- depth, exploring the methods, taking them from the basic premise to their full technical and creative potential. You can cut out and keep this section to build your own bespoke technical handbook. About the designer Today’s Quilter, Linda Clements is a leading technical quilting expert, editor and writer who, for 25 years, has worked on many fabric and craft titles for David & Charles and other leading craft publishers. Among the many quilters who have trusted Linda to ensure their books are both accurate and reader friendly, are Lynne Edwards MBE, Susan Briscoe, Pam & Nicky Lintott, Pauline Ineson, Mandy Shaw and Lynette Anderson. Linda’s own book, is the must-have guide to patchwork, quilting and appliqué, ESSENTIAL GUIDE NEXT ISSUE: FRENCH BRAID PATCHWORK Next month we look at the attractive effects that can be achieved with braid patchwork The Quilter’s Bible, 67 Join us at www.gathered.how/todaysquilter
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