Friday, September 6, 2013

Dazzle pattern testing

Dazzle pattern by ipatchandquilt

About a week ago I came upon ipatch blog through some linky party.  And she (Esther), was looking for people to test out her new pattern Dazzle.  I've always been kind of jealous of pattern testers--they get to try out these new cool patterns before anyone else!  So of course I volunteered right away.  The deadline to get feedback in is next Thursday, but next week is kind of crazy, so I got started on it asap.

I finished all 12 wedges in a day, despite the normal chaos around here!   And I only add to rip out three seams!

Color coding the wedges helped me stay on track when I got distracted.

Sewing together the wedges went really well...up until I had to sew together the two halves and that center area is kinda of a [insert profanity here].  The first try it was okay, but I could tell where I'd messed up...so I ripped out the center 2-3 inches and tried again.  This was, by the way, a BIG mistake, and the result was a much worse aligned and bumpy center.


But, I gotta say, for a first try at this block, it went really smooth and easy!  I did have to review my favorite paper piecing tutorial since the last paper piecing I did was in April.  The process was really fun, and I have quite a few other ideas for colors and layouts, so I'm sure I'll be making more (and hopefully improving on those center points!).

The back lays pretty flat.

13 comments:

  1. Wow, this looks amazing! Great job!! Maybe you can teach me how to paper piece. LOL :)

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  2. It is gorgeous Renee!
    Thank you so much for being my tester! So appreciated!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

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  3. It is gorgeous Renee!
    Thank you so much for being my tester! So appreciated!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

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  4. Awesome work Renee! I always have center seam issues. I can never get them to line up!

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  5. Fabulous.......just love this pattern.....great job. Thanks for sharing. Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

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  6. Nice! I really like the colors you selected. It pops beautifully!

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  7. Holy smokes - what an impressive project - love it!

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  8. Wow! You are so much braver than I! Amazing project!

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  9. paper piecing can be tricky sometimes. I did a Lucky Stars BOM today and don't you know I did all the sections and thought, wow this one is pretty easy and then I went to put the whole thing together and it was a little rough. I got through it,but things sure do get "bumpy" in the center sometimes! I love,love your dazzle block!!!

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