This is probably the closest I’ve seen to a perfect quilt. While working on this quilt I had some time to think about what makes the piecework come together so nicely. I think the answer is taking special care to all of the details. Maybe it’s slowing down from the very beginning, the accurate cutting, checking seam allowance before continuing on with sewing more pieces. I think checking the block size and making sure the blocks all measure the same is important. Of course that cannot happen without great pressing. Then I ask myself what makes great pressing? For me its a hot iron, a little steam & checking to make sure the piece holds a press and measures what it should. The right side of the seam should lay open & flat. The back/wrong side of the seam should be pressed in the correct direction depending on the block you are making. With all this said I have not made a nearly perfect quilt yet but I keep trying. I’m fortunate to see so many other quilts & learn from the successes and failures.
Here are some pics of Connie M’s nearly perfect quilt. It was such a pleasure to quilt. The pattern is called Manassas by Jo Morton.
When on the quilt frame the quilt lays square and flat. The blocks lay horizontal and vertical to the frame. When looking at the back of the block you can see how well pressed the seams are. Even on the front the seams lay all the way open with no speed bumps.
Here are the quilted pics. The quilting design is Damask by Ann Bright, the batting is Quilters Dream Select and the thread is a olive green. The backing is flannel.