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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 Funky, Traditional
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What materials did you use? Cotton fabrics

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What are you most proud of? Actually getting the seams to line up! That is something I have had trouble with sometimes, but Amy has shown a number of tricks and tips that have helped me with this amongst other things. Thx Amy! :)

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Sit down and have a good think about how you are going to tackle this. Have your printed instructions in front of you, and watch the video again to ensure you fully understand. Take the time to select what fabric colours/designs you want to use. Strong contrasting colours work well with these blocks. The first real step is to prepare your fabric: pressing, cutting out the squares and rectangles and keeping them in order. Important: to achieve a 12.5 inch finished square, you must do very scant 1/4 inch seams, and ensure you press after each seam sewn. You will find that there is minimal fabric to trim away.

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can't wait to see the video!

08/01/2012 Flag

I think for these blocks, you really do need to watch the video tutorial a couple of times. The printed instructions come across as quite complicated on its own, you definitely need the video to clarify what Amy is saying.

08/02/2012 Flag

really nice!

08/01/2012 Flag

Thank you!

08/02/2012 Flag

Thank you!

08/02/2012 Flag

Both are very nice! I'm twisting my head trying to figure out how you did the sqaure on point around the center block.... what did you do?

08/01/2012 Flag

It was rather tricky! Do you mean for both or one on the right (double star). I followed Amy's tips for the ohio star in that she suggests when sewing the quarter triangles, sew with the seam towards the needle. I really just made sure to accurately cut each piece, and did lots of pressing after each time I sewed pieces on. When sewing the side pieces on for the double star, I slightly pulled the fabric to try to get it to match the other seam. There is a very small part that is slightly offset, but not too noticeable. Amy's advice has been invaluable. The only real issue was for the second block, it was difficult to determine which way to press as there is some bulk in the seams. I don't think I'll be attempting these blocks again any time soon though! Just have lots of patience and don't rush it.

08/01/2012 Flag

Sorry for the muddled question. I'm talking about the contrast fabric around the center of the ohio star. You have 3 fabrics in your QSTs.... How did you do those?

08/02/2012 Flag

Took me awhile- but I figured it out! Used it in my 2nd attempt at the ohio star. Thanks for being my inspiration!

08/02/2012 Flag

for the Ohio star, instead of having 2 white 5 1/2 inch squares, I substituted one for the coloured piece and just proceeded as usual. I kept a check on it when matching up so as not to get confused and make a mistake.

08/02/2012 Flag

Thank you for your advice. I'll start mine soon. Love your warm color choices!

08/02/2012 Flag

Looks Great! I love the center of your Ohio star.

08/23/2012 Flag