I started my Circle of Life quilt a couple of weeks ago.
I cut all the pieces in advance which really helps speed the process up and allows me to “just sew” which is my favourite part. I have all the pieces labeled in ziplocks in my project box. I love being able to just go to the box, pick out the right bag, and sit down to sew with no thinking about sizes and cutting, etc.
I had a few difficulties with my lone star. The instructions were clear and I liked how they finished, but for some reason each piece ended up a bit larger than the template. I used the template to trim them down to the proper size. I hope that was the right thing to do. I guess we’ll see, won’t we?
I had a great time sewing the checkered border which is straight paper piecing. Because I had all the pieces cut, it was rather mindless sewing (which, to me, is a GREAT thing) and I was able to watch the fourth season of Grace and Frankie which is the best season yet!
So, now I need to use 16 Y seams to attach the checkered border to the lone star unit. This is the point at which I’ll learn if I made the right decision in trimming the lone star pieces and if I attached the New York Beauties to the lone star correctly. Yikes.
I feel this could go either way - a huge success or tremendous disappointment. We’ll see!