I’m very pleased with block JAS-09.
I think I’m getting better at foundation piecing. I can judge fabric needs better and I can piece more accurately. I still don’t get all points to match all the time but I’ll get there.
When I had a look at the pattern the first thing I thought was that this block was going to take a long time to do. All these tiny pieces, 45 to be precise, very narrow, almost impossible to stitch including 1/4 seam allowances.
I started in the middle and didn’t follow the numbering exactly after row 2. I did all the strips first and then the corner triangles.
Also, for the large corners that complete the centre square, pieces E22 and E25 for instance, I only cut one large triangle for both. I didn’t see the point in doing two pieces.
Now, the trick for working with such narrow strips of fabric and tiny triangles is not using 1/4 inch seam allowances but using a narrower seam allowance, something like 1/8 inch.
I found the piece below the hardest to cut. It was probably a very long day by that stage you may find this piece no different from any other but I made several mistakes cutting it so I’m just writing up some advice about this one.
I cut the two pieces before I started to stitch the strip. Just cut them as above, following the side of the triangle as a guide.
I’m very happy with progress so far.
Not long to go now to finish row A. I intend to add sashing and stitch row by row as I go.
Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns
Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.
See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.