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And I thought the unpicking (see yesterday's post) was going to be the pain part of this block. Boy was I wrong. What really drew me to this pattern was the curves on the inside. I have never pieced curves before and have wanted to learn how. Well I think the next time I try something new, I won't find the most difficult pattern that teaches that technique.
Trying to piece a curve that is only 2 inches wide and piecing it to 4 separate pieces of material, defiantly a learning experience. My first few pieces were done several times. And I do mean several times!!! By about the 5th segment, I was starting to figure out the process and only had to piece it once, even though that once still took a lot of patience :)
So then I am thinking I am out of the woods right, wrong :) Once you have all the segments done you piece them all together and then fiddle with those seams to get the whole thing to lay flat. Luckily, I only had to adjust one seam and it laid down fine :) Then you turn the raw edges under on the outer edge and stitch the entire wheel to the background fabric (it is a lot harder then it sounds to get those curved edges to turn under perfectly without little seams wanting to pop out on you while sewing )
So with all that said, I will add that I am happy with the result. I am not ecstatic, because it isn't perfect. Some of my seams don't line up perfect and the outer edges don't curve as perfect as I would like. But I am happy :) I learned a lot, and that makes me super happy because it makes me a better quilter!!! I do love the little border I added to make the block the right size :) Will I make another?? Maybe, but not for a while :)
So if I haven't completely scared you off and you want to give this block a try, you can find the pattern here. You can also see much better versions of it here at Twin Fiber's blog, where I first got the idea :)