I have made good progress on piecing the Red Herring quilt since I shared my design concept with you on Friday. I am just so excited about the quilt that I jumped right in and got started on piecing it this past weekend. The top 3 rows (or half of the quilt top) are complete. The very first block I assembled was the red arrow, of course. I just had to get that pop of color to start!
One of the things I work through as I piece a quilt top is how I want to press my seams. I really prefer to press my seams open almost all of the time, but I thought that it was worth evaluating if pressing toward the solid borders would be better for this quilt top.
It was hard to photograph, but I think the view along the edge of the quilt top gives a bit of an idea of how the solid border wanted to be a bit “puffy” when pressed like this. I have a quilting plan in mind, and I was a bit worried that I would end up with excess material if I left the seams pressed in this manner. So I explored what it would look like pressing the seams open.
I think the difference is dramatic in how flat the quilt top lays. I know we all have our preferences on how to press seams, but I wanted to demonstrate that designers do put thought into the choices and recommendations they make in their patterns. 🙂
Speaking of patterns, one of the things I have in the back of my head is whether or not Red Herring will be developed into a quilt pattern, so I am also working on pattern notes as I go along. If I am going to make a quilt pattern, I like to pre-write things like the cutting instructions and work from them to make sure it all comes out OK. As you can see from my cutting instructions draft below, I don’t always get it right on the first (or second) time around. One of the things I like to keep track of is the number of cut strips for fabric cutting, and the usable width of fabric (WOF) is a crucial assumption. As you can see below, changing from a typical 42-inch assumption to 44-inch means less strips can be cut (I plan to stick with the 42-inch WOF assumption).
I am linking up with WIP Wednesday and Let’s Bee Social to see what everyone else is working on this week!