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BOM September 2012 - Cleopatra's Puzzle

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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 Casual, Classic, Traditional
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What are you most proud of? The curves are smooth and points are lined up.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? See comments for the Chain Block pattern.

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you did a super job on your curved piecing! Did you have an acrylic template or the paper one in the instructions?

09/08/2012 Flag

Thank you, Ms. Quilty!!! I feel like I cheated, but I have a GO! Baby fabric cutter with a die for Drunkard's Path. I've never used it until Amy's block needed a template. I am OCD when it comes to cutting so I could never make my own templates. As it is it took me more than a day to complete these blocks. The pinning and sewing on the opposite side in Amy's instructions was really helpful. I would have purchased the templates if I didn't have the GO! Baby die.

09/08/2012 Flag

I've seen those GO! Baby's in some quilting magazines and I wondered if they were worth the money. Now I see they are! lol! I went out and purchased the acrylic templates today. The paper ones seem a bit dangerous for rotary cutting.

09/08/2012 Flag

Awesome, Arlene!

09/08/2012 Flag

Beautiful block Arlene... might have been a pain to do but boy both your blocks have turned out excellent! I haven't plucked up courage to do my yet... probably because I'm going to make my own template *nervous shiver*... pity you didn't live closer or I could have sent you my fabric for cutting LOL. Still the cutting is only a part of it... the sewing is what we really see to judge it by and yours are just beautiful!

09/08/2012 Flag

Thank you Pam--I am happy with the results but I doubt I could ever muster up enough patience for an entire quilt! Cutting the pieces is not nearly as big a headache as pinning and piecing. I was lucky my blocks were oversized because I could trim them to 3-1/2 inches taking care to make sure they were all exactly the same. I wish were were closer and I would loan you my die and cutter!!! I know both of us are newer quilters and we are sponges for tips and tricks to make this lovely craft so enjoyable.

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