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Chain Block ~~ Sept BOM

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Craftsy Block of the Month 2012 taught by Amy Gibson

In Craftsy's first-ever Block of the Month, Amy Gibson brings you 10 specific quilting techniques - appliqué, string quilting, paper piecing and more.

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Category Quilting
Type Home Decor
Style Whimsical
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What materials did you use? Cotton fabrics in black, white and red

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I ordered the recommended templates from Marti Mitchell. I also did a You-Tube search on sewing Drunkard's Path blocks... I was a little nervous about this project! Plus, I hate to pin!!! I was not looking forward to sewing all those fiddly curves! Someone had mentioned a special presser foot... called the "Curve Master" -- I watched the videos, and read the reviews. It sounded great, so I ordered it. I really did not want to bother with pinning, and this foot promised that there would be NO PINNING! Well, it arrived, and I was happy to see that it included adapters for all kinds of machines, but for my Janome, it just snapped right on without any adapter. So far, so good! It wobbled around a little bit, but I was looking forward to assembling all of the curves that I had prepared. There is a special technique of holding the fabric a certain way and feeding it into the front under the foot... all shown very clearly on You-tube... Unfortunately, this particular foot did not get along with my machine... Boo Hoo! My needle kept hitting the edge, and the feed dogs scraped on the bottom of it.... I could not adjust it so that it worked smoothly! So after several tries, I re-attached my beloved Quarter-Inch foot and decided to try the same no-pin technique with it... Did I mention that I really dislike pinning!?! Well, I sewed very slowly, and carefully... my quarter-inch foot has a metal guide that helped a lot! I held that top fabric up at an angle and listened to the rythm of the machine...nudged the fabric into place, and used tweezers to feed the last bit under the foot... and it actually came out beautifully. I would not have had to spend $20 on that useless foot!,,, but at least I learned the technique, and I didn't have to pin!!! I'm not saying it was easy, but I would do this again! If you are interested in the no-pin technique, this link may be helpful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiuqSWQlefk&feature=share&list=ULZiuqSWQlefk Also: http://youtu.be/iso3C-G0Q_8

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Desna, Jean and Di (and others)- I was a little hesitant also, but I attend a caregivers meeting monthly and took a little box with me of the cut materials and did all the pinning while chatting with members. It was mindless and relaxing for ME. One other lady said it would driver her crazy, but I found it wonderful. About a billion pins later, I was ready to sew at home. I am definitely going to try the 1/4 foot method from the video that's been discussed. I would not mind "no pins" either. Somehow I found this block rewarding when finished.

09/26/2012 Flag

Hope I do too:)

09/26/2012 Flag

Thanks, Di, for those nice words in your reply. I went back and looked at all the blocks you've done. Wow - they sure go together beautifully. I keep stopping by JoAnn's - you never know.

09/26/2012 Flag

Hi Di!!!!! I was in Joann's today (about a year from our original discussion on the "kitties" and found ONE fat quarter. The sales lady said she never saw it before and only this one came in. You never know. I might get a couple more over the next 2 years. I shall be very careful on how I use this. Still love your quilt!!!!!

07/21/2013 Flag

OMG!!! LoL!!! I swear that I think of you everytime I look through Joanne's fat quarters! I just about jumped outa my chair just now when I read your note! Cheering! Awsome!!! Bless your heart for letting me know!! You made my day!!

07/23/2013 Flag

Every time I look at this block, the black and white polka dot jogs my memory for a blouse I had a bazillion years ago for "the office", Long sleeve polyester (gag) with a big bow tie. I wore that thing to death, I loved it so. Also had one in turquoise with black dots, that matched with the classic black skirts. You are probably too young to remember Liquid Paper correction fluid, but it was used to white out typing mistakes. I used it by the gallon. LOL. One day, as required, I shook the bottle and the top was loose and I almost eradicated myself. I still wore the shirt and dared anyone to mention it looked "funny".

07/27/2013 Flag

Surfside, I do remember liquid paper! In fact we still keep a bottle around and now, i believe, it is called "White-out" ... Funny that I should think of this bit of useless trivia -- "Liquid Paper" was invented by the mother of Mike Nesmith,,, who was one of the Monkees (singing group from the 60's -- if you remember them, Lol)

07/27/2013 Flag

You bet I remember. You and I should be on a trivia show!!! i never heard that story, but I probably have a few dozzies in my memory bank to share

07/28/2013 Flag