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September BOM - September #1

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Chain Block

Created in this Craftsy Course

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 Classic, Traditional
patz in suffolk on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Scraps left over from other projects plus fat quarter background fabric

patz in suffolk on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? Actually doing curved seams at last - never tried them before! Amy very carefully and slowly shows how to ease the curves in on the video, so that it doesn't seem nearly as daunting as I thought it would be. I didn't have "proper" templates, but cut them out from the side of a dishwasher tablet box (nice thick cardboard), using the pattern on Amy's information sheet. Then I drew round the cardboard templates with a ballpoint pen and cut them out with scissors as I was a bit concerned about trying to use my rotary cutter against a weak cardboard template. A bit of a "Heath Robinson" job, but it worked and was reasonably accurate!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Go for it - it's not nearly as difficult as you might think! I got a bit carried away when I put the blocks together so that I didn't match the joins very well - but who cares? I can do curved seams at last!

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I love these colors. Beautiful job!

10/22/2012 Flag

Thatnk you. Nearly there now - just two more blocks to make (and a whole new skill (paper piecing) to learn. Then can't wait to put it all together!

10/23/2012 Flag

you will love paper piecing, its easy, childs play, except you have to make sure that you go in order, or it will go wonky. I found it easy, once i realised that the first piece has to be face down and all the rest facing up, it makes sense when you do the first one.. well done you, i still have a few to do, before end of month. love the colours

10/23/2012 Flag

Beautiful! My you have been busy on "my" quilt ;-) I'm in the middle of this block... finally plucked up the courage and you're right, not as difficult as I expected.

10/23/2012 Flag

Amazing, isn't it - the way that curve finally goes together?

10/23/2012 Flag

Another very pretty block & well done. Great eye for color & fabrics. Thanks ever so for sharing.

10/23/2012 Flag

Thank you. I started this project meaning to just sort of throw everything together, using up odds and ends, but I really got into it, and the colours took over so that I got a sort of theme going after only a couple of blocks.

10/23/2012 Flag

Yes, & you have a very pretty theme & so very well done. :-)

10/23/2012 Flag

Beautiful and very effective. Love it so much this pattern I must try later after all the other bits and bobs are done.

02/13/2013 Flag

Thank you. It was easier than I expected it to be - hadn't tried curves before. I'm quite pleased with the finished result of this block, now that it's been quilted.

02/15/2013 Flag