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Sugar Block Club BOM #1

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Block #1 Snow Blossom

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Quilting
Type Home Decor
Style Classic, Traditional, Romantic
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What was your source for this quilting project? Online Photo or Website
Name of website or photo Sugar Block Club

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What materials did you use? variety of quilting cotton

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What are you most proud of? This will be very different from my last years BOM. The fabrics selected are soft and the textures are subtle. It's a very calm quilt. I love the white background fabric, it is a white on white with flowing detail. It makes me think of a Zen garden that has been raked. All of my blocks will be in aqua and gray fabrics which I have collected, with perhaps some additions along the way. There will be bits of focal fabric as well, but they will be in keeping with the pastel value of this quilt.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? This initial block is a challenge, I'm not sure the dimensions are quite right on the pattern. Several folks that were chatting on Flickr were cautioning and so I stitched it with a scant 1/4" seam to make sure my block was of sufficient size. I think it was a needless fear. When I get my "favorite" machine back this week, I may make an additional block at a true quarter inch seam, just to make sure that it's all good. It's a different experience, not having the video of Amy. So, pay attention to her instructions, read them through all the way and make sure you understand what she is asking you to do. Be careful with your pressing, especially with the HST. The way that she makes them, the edges are on the bias and that can contribute to distortion. Spray starch and a good pressing on the initial square before you cut it into HST will help you with that. Again, not my favorite technique for HST, but it is quick down and durty! LOL.

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Soft & lovely colors - so nice. I didn't use any of Amy's methods for HST last year as I use an Easy Angle ruler for HST - cut triangles from strips - no trimming - seemed easier to me.

01/21/2013 Flag

I like the method where you put two squares together, draw a line and stitch on both sides of the line, cut in half and square fancy cutting, no warped edges. I did her method again on this one, but I still don't like it!

01/21/2013 Flag

I don't know about you...maybe I am getting too old. I like things squared up, and that really didn't happen in this block, there were no sizes to square up to, and I was being lazy and didn't want to do the math, I had a migraine...there just seems to be a whole generation of playing fast and loose with the "rules" and it's okay to a certain point, I mean if you are not concerned about things being square, it's fine, but I personally, like a nicely finished piece that I can be proud of and there is a certain level of technique that needs to be done to achieve I wrong, Is that old fashion thinking? I am going to be 60 this year, maybe I'm too rigid in my thinking.

01/21/2013 Flag

Nah, your age is no issue - I also like my blocks to be square after finishing & I don't want to have to do much trimming to achieve that. If I cut accurately & use my #57 foot on my Bernina, I rarely have to trim anything. Consistency make the whole quilt go together better! Why work harder than necessary - BTW, I'm 67 so maybe I'm an old fogey too! Give me measurements of the pieces! I want 'em

01/23/2013 Flag