I cut these blades from a fabric I really love, but was unsure of the stripe placements on them.
I went ahead and put half a plate together and didn't feel any better about the the stipe fabric.
So I changed gears and recut new pink blades to replace the stripes. I still wish I could have made the stripe work, but I just could not get past the stripes placement not being the same on each blade. I did try and it seemed just impossible to manage.
I did soothe my temporary upset and cut out this block. I think I will audition my fabrics before I start sewing these things together in the future.
I also learned a great trick sewing the blades together. I changed my stitch plate to a single hole plate on my machine. I was having problems with the sewing machine sucking the fabric into the large hole plate. That change has improved sewing them a good deal.
And here we are. I am all ready to add more plates to their background pieces. I am on hold for a few days waiting for an order of 12wt thread. I have a large jar of them, but no pink. This last Dresden that gave me so much trouble needs a pink thread to sew the center piece on. I plan to take a break now and get my Southern Charm quilt top sewn together and hopefully get it to the quilter some time this month. And of course more quilt show boutique placemats and runners.