The 54th block of The Splendid Sampler™ is called “Shell” by Jane Davidson (Quilt Jane – Want it, Need it, Quilt), and was not, by any means, an easy one. Theoretically, foundation paper-piecing should make complex patterns possible, and easy. Theoretically.
Piecing the different parts took some seam-ripper as I was sewing from scraps and sometimes the seam allowances ended too thin. Not really a big deal. But sewing the partial blocks together… that was a different history! I tried this tip from Kristy at Quiet Play, and it really helps: to baste the different parts using a bigger stitch length. So, yes, I had to unpick lots of basting stitches, and I don’t know why, it has been impossible to get all the points to match. At the end I decided that the slightly disadjustment on the lower part of the block was the minor of my problems and that’s fixable when sewing the quilt together, so I’m leaving it as it is.
The pattern and link party are found here.