Friday, December 23, 2016

Burgoyne Blossoms

quilts for foster kids, charity quilts, quanket


Burgoyne Blossoms is a Burgoyne Surrounded quilt pattern. I have been wanting to try this pattern for several years, and even though it uses a strip piecing technique which is typically easy, this pattern looked challenging. Probably because the smallest squares are really small. In this case, the small squares measure 1 1/4″ finished. Part of the challenge of small pieces in a pattern is that they don’t allow for seam allowances that aren’t fairly precise: they have a very small tolerance. I find that on bigger pieces, that there is a bit of fudging that one can do to make all the seams line up nicely. But on the small pieces, there is very little wiggle room! What is your acceptable tolerance for seams lining up? 1/16″, 1/32″ or zero? How much time are you willing to spend ripping seams to get them to line up perfectly? Do you allow yourself a bigger or smaller tolerance for point seams?

This is being donated to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services, for a foster child.

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3 comments:

  1. Those tiny blocks are a problem. I have been known to make a 2" block and cut it down to 1 3/4" unfinished to get the size I need.

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  2. I just do my best. Sometimes I'm right on, sometimes I'm not. I worry more about the over all look of the block than each intersection. But I realize that being off in one section of a block, can throw off the whole block.

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