On my Border Print Stars project, I mentioned that I ran into some problems. Here is an EQ image of the quilt:
But after I steamed the block, it seemed to be OK, and I worked to improve my methods on future blocks. Sometimes, my block could be steamed into place, but other times, it looked like this side view, very wavy:
Now I’ve made 6 blocks, and my accuracy has not improved. I looked at the templates, as printed from EQ, for the umpteenth time, and finally found my mistake. I presumed that the triangle was a 90 degree angle, allowing it to be cut from a square. However, the template showed that the angle was actually less than 90. Here is a picture of the wrong triangle in black, compared to the correct one in tan:
It never occurred to me that this was not a 90 degree corner. Now what?! Do I hope that the distorted blocks will be tamed into submission during quilting? Do I salvage the pieces in the 6 completed blocks by ripping out the stars to re-use, risking distorting the bias edges? Or do I fussy-cut new stars, a very time consuming process?
One consideration has become apparent as I prepared this post. The secondary stars that are formed in the corners do not have much contrast with the medium fabric:
So if I do salvage some pieces, it would be a good time to find a new light fabric for the corners. I always photograph test blocks when preparing quilts for pattern covers – I often find that things don’t contrast as much as I want them to. Now I see that I should be using “camera auditions” on all of my quilts. Another lesson learned the hard way!