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I'm so excited for my day on the Sew Sweetness Tula Pink Sew Along. I want to thank Sara for organizing this sew along and for letting me take part. It has been so fun to see all of the quilts and read all the stories and reviews.
Despite the obvious mistakes with this block, I love this mini! I think my mistake started right at the beginning - I am not much of a precision quilter and so I think I didn't cut my fabrics very well. However, Tula's pattern actually makes it so easy to make perfect cuts. She tells you exactly how to cut the fabrics with such clever ideas for how to make the most of each piece - so again, user error! Second, the curves just got away from me. So, like I said, I turned the block into a mini and decided to start again. However, I figured I'd make a practice block/mini first.
Like I said, I would have never chosen this pattern but I am so happy to have been given this challenge! I now know that not only is piecing curves achievable but I actually enjoyed the process. I'm not sure I'll be running to find more templates to use but this was a great learning process and it really made me think about how to more efficiently prepare my fabrics for cutting.
The Cartwheels pattern is great - short, sweet, and to the point - Tula tells you what sizes to cut your fabrics, she tells where to place your templates on the fabrics before cutting, she even tells you which way to press your seams - all with very clear diagrams. I don't really know how to rate this pattern - I would consider myself a confident beginner and I found it challenging but mostly because I am new to curves and I'm not much of a precision quilter. For someone who has conquered curves and is good at matching seams, I think this pattern would be quick and easy - especially if you follow Tula's instructions better than I did.