October BOM - #1

Project Description

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!).

What you will need

  • Odds and ends from previous projects
  • mainly Fabric Freedom's "Pure Velvet" and "Perfect Palette" designed by Perfect Occasions.

Q&A with patz in suffolk

Darns asked:
Ijust love all the purple you are using in your blocks! This is going to look great! I don't know about you, but I am so ready to quit piecing and quilt something - might have something to do with 3 quilt tops being assembled.
patz in suffolk answered:
Yes - I think I'm all pieced out now for a while! I just re-did one of the February blocks as the first one was too small and will have to be a cushion or something. Time for something else, I think!
Pamillia asked:
Beautiful, I agree with Darns about your purples, they are wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing.
patz in suffolk answered:
It's funny, but I've just taken a photo of the replacement block I've made for one of the February ones, which is really, really mauve/purple and it's come out looking blue! Will post it soon and you can see what I mean!
NanaJeanFL asked:
Inside out? I had to really look to find it. Another beautiful block! And hmmm, I've been "fixing" some of my 1st colorway blocks - trying to get the fabrics to work together. Hadn't occurred to me to just do more to take care of those that came out too small. I'll wait for the sashing lesson. I'm hoping she shows how to adjust the sashing to even things out. Can't wait to see your final quilt!
patz in suffolk answered:
I think (at least I hope) the sashing will disguise a lot of my mistakes/mis-sizes etc! I've got dark purple mottled stuff for it (the same "family" as the two other mottley ones in my blocks) and I took the precaution of washing them this morning so as not to ruin the whole lot! (I don't usually pre-wash, but this is a bit of a strong colour.) Can't wait to see your quilt either. It's going to be a real "Quiltathon" at the end of the years, isn't it?
Caraline2 asked:
if you hadnt mentioned it most probably wouldnt have noticed your booboo. but you made us look. you could do a little applique in it, and no one will think its a mistake, apparently there really are no mistakes in quilting, all good and love the colours, your quilts is going to be super, with all those purples.
patz in suffolk answered:
I wasn't the first one to make this mistake - another lady pointed out one that she'd done in exactly the same place - and that was BEFORE I did mine! I suggested to her that we might patent this block and try and make some money out of it!
Caraline2 asked:
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
patz in suffolk answered:
Hang on - going to look!

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