Let me stop and interject here - this is not a book a complete newbie could pick up and figure out. There are no 'step-by-step' instructions. I consider myself an intermediate quilter, but I am glad I am in this QAL for the tutorials. I looked at the first couple and they weren't going about it the way I thought I wanted to do it - HST's. Then I looked at Jess of The Elven Garden tutorial. She constructed this using HST's. And boy, did I learn a few things!
- This block reinforced the premise there is no quilt police coming after me if I don't do it a certain way. There are alternate methods on each block (at least up to this point).
- I can press seams open!
- Jess showed me how to line up the seams so the points come out sooooooo good.
- As the leaders have said from the very start, this quilt is a learning process. I can't wait to see what tips I pick up on the rest of the blocks.
There is still a bit of work on the points, but, boy, it's so much closer than it would have been if I had done it my usual way. Plus, I probably wouldn't have figured out the big blocks are QST (Quarter Square Triangles) rather than HST.
Once I got my measurements figured out for the blocks, with Jess' help "Caroline" was a breeze! I can't wait to see what I learn next.