I finished 8 blocks this month. About on pace for the Sew-along, but not really helping me get caught up, too much. And these are a bit out of order, as I was trying to avoid paper piecing for as long as possible.
I’ve been chipping away at the blocks I’m behind on for a few weeks. And the weather was finally nice enough to go out and get some decent pictures. Michigan is difficult for this in the winter. Thursday, we got 10 inches of snow. Today, it’s gone. And there was enough morning sun for half-way decent light. But it WAS pretty windy.
Still, here are the newbies. Aimee was my first attempt, ever, at freezer paper piecing. I did like it, and didn’t have to struggle with the dreaded unpicking of the paper when I was done. I approve. If you’re interested in trying it, go to Angie’s blog (see the button in my sidebar) and go to her Block Tutorial for Aimee. You’ll be glad you did.
Next up is Ava. I didn’t really intend for the color scheme to match Aimee so closely – I made them a few weeks apart. I’ll just have to be careful not to place them too closely in the finished quilt.
Then there was Cat. With both Cat and Ava, I was very glad for my Marti Michell templates. I don’t think I could get nearly so accurate without those engineered corners.
Next up is Grandma. This might be my favorite block from this batch. I really liked the blend of fabrics.
Margaret was “finished” quite a while ago – but I’d put two of the corner blocks on in the wrong orientation. Can you believe it? Here she is, fixed, but with a few stitch marks in the corners to give testament to her bumpy ride.
Next is Malvina. She went together fairly well, but has some faint staining from my ironing board cover and the build-up of starch on it. I was going to make a new cover – and then my youngest child managed to bend the legs of the board itself so badly that I had to replace the whole board. I’m still planning a new cover, but it’s now less urgent as the new board came with a new cover. That gives me time to plan the new board cover. I’m thinking of making it in two parts – a muslin-and-cotton batting pad and a separate cotton washable cover. I’ve been cruising Pinterest for inspiration, but none of the tutorials are quite what I’m looking for. Maybe I’ll have to do my own!
Sara suffered some of the same staining as Malvina. This was my first successful attempt at swirl-pressing my 4-patch blocks. Unfortunately, pressing to the dark side on ALL the 4-patches means I couldn’t nest the seams when I went to sew them together. I tore out and repieced 3 times, before I decided this was as good as it will get. Next time, I’ll try to think through all the pressing before I start!
Last – and least – is Daffodil. This block really was a pain, and I’m not terribly happy with the end result. However, since my chosen layout only requires 90 blocks, I’m not going to redo this one, as yet. For now, she’s sort of intended for the “discard” pile.
The nutshell version? If I MUST paper piece, I do like the freezer paper method. And since I’ve got lots of freezer paper, I’m good with it. Though, on the whole, I do hate the waste of fabric.
I have a few other things in the works, including a cute little pincushion to share and a new pattern in the works. Stay tuned!