My shortcut for cutting and creating diamonds worked perfectly every time, so I plan to share this process with Lee Heinrich at Freshly Pieced.
Speaking of Lee, towards the end of yesterday's post, I wrote about this block and incorrectly attributed the design to Faith Jones at Fresh Lemons Quilts. I edited yesterday's post with the correct information.
Lee and Faith are collaborators with Katie Blakesley at Swim, Bike, Quilt and they created and hosted the Summer Sampler Series quilt-a-long during July and August 2011. Earlier this year, they published the Summer Sampler Series Anthology and I was thrilled to purchase it. As you probably figured out, the Arkansas Traveler is one of the blocks in this anthology.
The block came out okay; I'm still not thrilled with the center joining. There are twelve separate seams converging in the center and the bulk was simply very difficult to sew; I guess I have to dig out the walking foot. I also didn't plan properly which diamonds I wanted to point towards the center; hence the off kilter background pieces and the duplication of colors. I've got the process organized for the actual quilt.
After the block was finished, I thought about the pattern as written and played around with it to potentially eliminate four of the center seams. So now, I have to make another block to test the re-written pattern.....then I'll contact Lee and run the changes and shortcut by her.
Tomorrow afternoon, I'll be teaching another crochet class as the fill-in instructor at the Fleming Island Michaels, so I probably won't post my progress on the pattern re-write or my blocks for Boston until the weekend.
See you then.