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Friendship Circle

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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 Functional
Style Romantic, Classic, Traditional
patz in suffolk on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Odds and ends from previous projects, mainly Fabric Freedom's "Pure Velvet" and "Perfect Palette" designed by Perfect Occasions.

patz in suffolk on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? This was my first ever attempt at paper piecing - and I did it! It wasn't nearly as difficult as I was afraid it might be, especially once I got it going. This is a very good block to give an introduction to paper piecing as it all goes together very logically and fairly quickly. If you look at the photo very carefully, you'll see that one of the "blades" is inside out - I was working at night and didn't see it until the next morning when I looked at it in daylight! By then it was far too late to do anything about it, as the block was finished, all the paper had been torn off and it actually measured the right size! Too bad - I'll have to do something interesting on it when I quilt it, to take attention away from it!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Take it slowly, check that you've got enough fabric in each piece and it's in the right place before you sew it on, as it's a bit fiddly to unpick without tearing the paper too much and you'll be using a very short machine stitch, making it a bit hard to get the stitches out. (I speak from experience!).

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oh I did that in the heart paper piecing one I did, but no one has mentioned it so I figured it really wasnt too bad of a mistake, now I bet you will go and have a look now.......hehe

10/27/2012 Flag

Hang on - going to look!

10/27/2012 Flag

Looked hard, but couldn't see anything amiss - well done! (You didn't need to say anything!) Mine shows because it's one bit of several in the same fabric.

10/27/2012 Flag

have another look, and see my comment....but it make no difference really as the back and the front of that fabric are much the same

10/27/2012 Flag

Must be reversible fabric!!!

10/27/2012 Flag

not really, but see i got away with it, now can you see a quilt made with this pattern.....i imagine, a different colour heart for each block

10/27/2012 Flag

Gorgeous... as for your unique touch... took me ages to find it LOL! You really have been motoring with these blocks, well done you!

10/27/2012 Flag

Thank you. the photo hides the problem quite well, but now I know it's there, it jumps out at me in "real life"! Never mind - all part of the learning process!

10/28/2012 Flag

Patricia, you could always put a little fairy in there, if it bothered you too much. I think it is a beautiful block. What ever you do. :-)

10/28/2012 Flag

What a good idea! - you're a star! I shall see what it looks like and perhaps applique one on if it looks as though it'll work! Thank you!

10/28/2012 Flag

You are very welcome. :-)

10/28/2012 Flag

Fab as usual... and I have to really search for you inside out one:) Still a wonderful block.

10/28/2012 Flag

Thank you - it's a good thing I'm not too much of a perfectionist! Patricia

10/28/2012 Flag

Haha I bet your thinking 'if you would get off this and get to the sewing machine you would have your blocks done!' but it is so wonderful looking at everyone else's.

10/28/2012 Flag

Very nice, gorgeous colors Pat.

10/28/2012 Flag

Thank you, Tanya.

10/29/2012 Flag