Craftsy Block of the Month 2012 »
Type of item: Functional
Style: Romantic, Traditional, Classic
Odds and ends from previous projects, mainly Fabric Freedom's "Pure Velvet" and "Perfect Palette" designed by Perfect Occasions.
What was your inspiration?
Amy Gibson's Block of the Month Class - both the video, which is extremely clear and helpful, and the print-outs.
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!
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!).