A couple of weeks ago I had a grand plan. It started really well but didn't finish great.
I needed a quick tote bag and I knew which fabric I wanted to use, I just wasn't sure which quilt block I wanted on the tote. A quick plea for help on my Instagram feed resulted in my deciding on some Flying Geese, so off I went hunting for a 'how to calculate your own fabric sizes" for the flying Geese. I found a tutorial (I'm hopeless at quilt maths) and planned out my tote and then promptly changed my mind…
… "Why not do a mini Retro Flowers block instead? It can be a small practice project for the Retro Flowers quilt I'm about to start?" Decision made!! Yay!
The template was shrunk and the petals fabric were cut.
|pretty Liberty flowers*|
I was rather pleased with how pretty they looked laid out together, but slightly worried about how small they were and that I was using two very different fabrics so I starched the fabrics within an inch of their life!
|a mini Poppy's Patchwork petal*|
I'm a 'pinning my curves' girl, it may be more time consuming, but its the method I get better results with. At this point I was really starting to worry! It's sooooo small and fiddly.
|a teeny tiny curve!*|
The curve sewing went well, with an almost perfect 1/4'' seam and lined up edges, but my lord was it misshapen!
|misshapen and wonky!*|
It turned out far too wonky and distorted for my liking, should I carry on, or give up? The consensus on Instagram was go with it, carry on and see how it turns out.
I had another go last week, after more starch the second part of the petal turned out less distorted, but I cannot carry on - I cannot do wonky! The mini Retro Flowers was a blow out! Maybe I'll try it again one day with interfacing, although I suspect it maybe just that little too small….who knows.
|the one on the left is the less wonky of the two*|
I'll be adding interfacing to the Liberty on my full size quilt, I'm hoping this along with bigger pieces and lots of starch will result in perfect curved flowers.
*some of these pictures are taken from my Instagram feed. My apologies for the poor quality of some images.