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Shipshewana Amish Quilt – Section 14

My progress on the Shipshewana Amish quilt came to a screeching halt. I started to put some of my sections together

sorry this picture is so lousy!

and just wasn't happy with some of the colors I'd chosen. No design wall here at the lake and I only had a small basket of solids with me's time to put on the brakes and step back. I've already switched around the flying geese units to balance the blue and turquoise. I really don't like the way the colors in the fan section (I know you don't have that one yet) look but I'm too lazy to make two more blocks so I'm auditioning a couple of replacement fan blades and a different handle.

Until next time - here's Section 14 for you to work on. I'm off to finish watching the John Mayer / Keith Urban Crossroads on CMT while we wait for a thunderstorm that's headed our way.

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Shipshewana Amish Quilt – Section 13

I am happy to say we are on the home stretch with this fun Shipshewana Amish Mystery Quilt. I am pretty darn pleased with the way it's coming together.

I uploaded Section 13 this morning.

This is an easy section with a rotary cut, machine pieced block and three quarter square triangles sewn together for a filler unit. Remember, there's a new tutorial for making quick sewn quarter square triangles. You can find it HERE if you need some visual help.

Three more sections and we'll have the center finished!

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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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