|A 9¾" strip is only 9¼" along either edge when cut at 60°|
Ah. Suddenly some of the commentary I received from the Topsfield Fair judges made a lot more sense. In making all the strips too long and adjusting as I sewed, nothing quite lined up right. Shattered Kites looks fine from a distance, but put a ruler anywhere near it and it's obvious! This time I cut all of the pieces correctly (having a solid color was nice for the 60° ones, since there was no right or left pieces). It all lined up and stitched together much more easily. Yay!
Once I squared the quilt I decided it needed some borders and a scrappy flange binding. I need to piece together the back and I've been doodling how I want to quilt it. I'm pretty excited with how this is turning out!
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