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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
Darns on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Terrain by Kate Spain fabrics

Darns on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? I got them done before Oct.

Darns on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? Must sew slowly. It's too much fun rearranging the second block - all kinds of looks.

Darns on craftsy.com

Wow, wish I'd done mine like yours. Great job!

09/20/2012 Flag

Thank you for such a nice comment!

09/20/2012 Flag

Very Pretty! Both of them! Ahhh I gotta get with it! Don't even know if I'll get to it this weekend....! (working OT)

09/20/2012 Flag

Working, hmmm, I vaguely remember working (nothing like rubbing it in that I'm retired now,huh?) Don't your employers know that you have critical sewing to do?

09/20/2012 Flag

Ha-ha... my quilt blocks are required show-n-tell at work, on the bus, my kids.... Oh yeah... they know!

09/21/2012 Flag

Me, too! I cut my pieces for the first block and put them aside (cutting that curved edge is really hard!) last night I pinned half of them together (LOTS of pinning). Maybe I'll get to the sewing machine soon :)

09/21/2012 Flag

Me, too! I cut my pieces for the first block and put them aside (cutting that curved edge is really hard!) last night I pinned half of them together (LOTS of pinning). Maybe I'll get to the sewing machine soon :)

09/21/2012 Flag

Somewhere on these conversations was a link to sewing curved seams, specifically these curved seams... NO PINS NEEDED! I'm definitely giving that a try! By the time my fingers warmed up the fabrics they would lock up and I'd be screaming! Here is the link: Sewing Crazy Curves Without Pins http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlwVGoL4zV0

09/21/2012 Flag

I know this means nothing to you Darns since you're already done with your blocks, but I'm posting another link for sewing these blocks. I like this one because she shows how to cut from the charm packs, AND she's using my machine (I love when they use my same machine!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiuqSWQlefk&feature=relmfu

09/21/2012 Flag

Hey, mo, I watched both those videos & that's how I did my blocks (sort of) - they are much better than I am! But no pinning is great & I really liked the last one with the great curved quilts - might have to rethink my plan to never do curves again! LOL

09/22/2012 Flag

Wow, congratulations Darns - they are stunning - the colours and layout are brilliant - wish my templates would hurry up and arrive so that I can start this months blocks.

09/21/2012 Flag

Thanks, Beth! I made my templates out of cardboard as I wasn't sure I would need the plastic ones in the future. They worked fine but don't cut part of the edge off like I did. I find sewing the curves to be pretty tedious so I don't think I'll be doing a drunkard's path quilt in my near future.

09/21/2012 Flag

Thanks for that advice Darns - is it like sewing curves in making clothes or a bit more difficult? I went and bought a small rotary cutter as I felt mine would be to big to cut such a small angle - hope it works.

09/21/2012 Flag

Hery, Beth, have a look at the two videos mo.sews listed in the post below - no pinning!

09/22/2012 Flag

Thank you so much Darns and mo.sews for the links - I like them both - can't wait to get started.

09/22/2012 Flag

Ooh -- these are great! I'm going to get back into the swing of things -- going to a sewing retreat in... 11 days! Can hardly wait. I'm a few months behind (life, work, etc.) -- so I hope to get all caught up, and THIS is just the inspiration I need! Thanks!

09/21/2012 Flag

You're welcome, Alyx! A sewing retreat - how fun!

09/22/2012 Flag

I really like the way your arrangement on the second block works with your fabric. Great job!

09/21/2012 Flag

Thank you!

09/22/2012 Flag