I am still so in love with the #mysmallworldqal that it's pretty much all I want to do. You can see my section 1 post here.
Panel 2 was very similar to Panel 1, still no tricky piecing yet, but lots of applique. I'm really enjoying it and I think I am improving. My second orange peel block is a lot neater than the first.
I also wanted to talk a little bit about how I am using the templates. Or rather, not using the templates. When I can I just cut basic rectangles and squares with a rotary cutter and I've been making paper piecing templates for the odd triangles (I'll show you HST methods next).
On this example I measured out my 2" finished squares, added seam allowances to the first and last squares and made the triangles with a ruler going from the center of the squares out to the bottom edges. You can see below that I did not sew two pieces in the upper triangles, those lines were there only to help draw the triangles.
For the HST (half square triangle) shapes I have just been using the stitch and flip method by marking sqaures on the diagonal, sewing and trimming the seam allowance. This photo shows a step by step using two 2.5 x 4.5" base rectangles and four 2.5" squares. I am particularly fond of this style block. Just a little more interesting than an hourglass.
If you're quilting along, I hope these tips may help you, or might help in a future project. This design looks so daunting when you see the entire quilt, but the way it is broken down into panels makes it seem so doable!
|photo courtesy of http://verykerryberry.blogspot.co.uk/|