So I had a bash at the kaffe fasset shirt box quilt. I do love it, don't have the book as I couldn't really afford to splash out on it, so I did a lot of squinting at completed ones online (remarkably few)
I discovered why I didn't find too many online, this is a tough quilt, OK it is probably not tough for you experienced, patient meticulous quilters out there...I am impatient and messy...and triangles...
triangles are evil
so I cut it out, laughing at the instructions (they used to be on googlebooks) he said I need about 14 shirts..ha! I cut enough from about 7..then I realised that half of those triangles make crosses when sewn together, not boxes...OK he won that point...but I decided to embrace the crosses..love crosses..
then he said to turn the small triangles into boxes..these would be about 3 inch square..seriously there is not enough time in the world for that...so decided to embrace lines too...love lines...
then the piecing..it is pieced like a lunatic during a full moon on acid seriously. I was cross-eyed, with eyestrain by the time I finished counting what went where..and in the end I fudged it..because seriously...quilting (in my world of impatience) should be about attaching straight pieces with straight lines, not attaching castle shaped pieces..
anyway it got done and I LOVE it!...sure there are loads of mistakes, pieces added in here and there because my measurement was a little off, but this type of quilt is very forgiving..
that is not a recommendation to make it!
anyway to my question, due to the wriggly triangle issue, it will never lay completely flat, am I mad to try just simple straight line piecing..it is about the size of a double bed quilt, so there is no way I am going to actually hand quilt it...and I am not a big fan of tied quilts..
I reckon my strategy of straight lines from the centre might not work...or will it...any tips would be really welcome.