When Quilt Blocks Go Bad – Shipshewana Amish Section 12


You'd think after quilting for over 30 years I'd be making practically perfect blocks with every one I stitched. Well, what a joke that is! In the last couple of days I've flubbed up two of them!

At first glance this Snail's Trail block looks pretty darn good.

If you look at the illustrations for the Shipshewana Amish Mystery Quilt Section 10 you'll see my snail is trailing in the wrong direction! Oops........ Does it matter?
In some cases it might but in this one I think I can live with the snail traveling backwards. This is an easy mistake to make when you're foundation piecing because the foundation is printed in a mirror image so the block will appear correctly after it's sewn. If you don't keep that in mind when marking the color placement on the foundation you can end up with a block like mine. I know better but oh well.............

This bad block is part of Section 12 uploaded today. I didn't double check the black triangle after sewing it to make sure if extended into the seam allowance on the side of the block. I was already frustrated because I hadn't added enough extra fabric to my measurements when I cut those pieces so I had to be extra careful when sewing them and guess I just got in a hurry and didn't see my mistake until I had finished both of those 6" blocks and sewn them together. Drat! I just can't leave that bad boy as it is. I really don't want to separate the two blocks and make another one so I'm going to frog stitch the end of the seam where mistake is and sew a little triangle of the background fabric on there so I have an extension into the seam allowance on the side.

This is what Section 12 looks like. It's kind of a group of what I call filler blocks but we've now made enough sections I think I better work on an assembly diagram for you. I have four sections to make yet but with only a small group of solids with me at the lake I don't know if I'll get them finished. Right now I better fix the bad block and have a go at that diagram.

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