June Swap Blocks, Part 2

17 06 2013

Once I finished the jammy dodger block, I realized that I still had a lot of the fabric that Shelia sent left over. So I made another block for her:

Elegant Teapot

This particular paper-piecing pattern is by Kristy of Quiet Play, available at Craftsy. It went together fairly easily, but the PDF was created overseas, meaning that A4 paper was the print size. So, the first few times I tried to print the PDF, the document ran off the edges of the paper. Luckily, I have access to document creation and editing software, so I was able to get the pattern to 8.5″ X 11″ paper. There’s a bit of an oopsie in it, on the spout. I’m debating remaking it…

Once that was done, I moved on to the last swap block I needed, for the Scrappy? Sew Bee It! Swap. Jodi requested apple leaf blocks, providing instructions and a PDF here. I finally remember to pick up some Wunder-Under on Friday, and took care of these blocks over the weekend. It was a little nerve-wracking, because I’ve never really doe applique, much less machine applique.
My real concern was using the zig-zag stitch and being able to follow the edges of the leaves.

Apple Leaves Block 01

Apple Blossom Block 02

Overall, I think they turned out okay. I really like the selection of fabrics I picked out. I’m not so sure about the technique, but I’m always leery of things in which the stitches are visible. That’s the traditionalist in me, the person who learned from books published at least a decade before I was born. It is, however, a very pretty block, and I’m excited to see Jodi’s finished quilt.

So, that’s all of June’s swap blocks. Now I just have to get everything mailed out.


Fresh Sewing Day, June Edition

1 06 2013

May was a crazy month… I wanted more sewing time, but it just didn’t happen. I kept up with my swaps, but I didn’t get the Swirling Sea of Stars top done, which was my big goal. Of course, it doesn’t help that the stupid thing just wants to get bigger. I’m going to need 49 blocks, for the size I want it to be, and that might change, if I have a ton of strings left over once I get there.

Fresh Sewing Day, June1. Scrappy Star 07, 2. Scrappy Star 08, 3. Scrappy Star 09, 4. Scrappy Star 10, 5. Scrappy Star 11, 6. Scrappy Star 12, 7. Granny Block Bee 13, 8. Granny Block Bee 14, 9. Granny Block Bee 15, 10. Granny Block Bee 16, 11. Christmas Wonky Log Cabin 02, 12. Christmas Wonky Log Cabin 01, 13. Winged Square 01, 14. Winged Square 02 Corrected, 15. Frankenstein Complete, 16. Frankenstein Backing

I did, however, get a quilt done this month! And I made progress on two more, so I might have more finishes to show off for June. Speaking of which, I’m going to go sew, while there’s daylight.

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Fresh Sewing Day, June 2012 Edition

1 06 2012

Month of May

1. Stargazing 2, 2. Stargazing 1, 3. BOM_2012_Lily, 4. BOM_2012_Prickly_Pear, 5. BOM_2012_Tangled_Briars, 6. BOM_2012_Rosebud, 7. BOM_2012_Moss_Rose, 8. BOM_2012_Shasta_Daisy_Ver_2

Not much done over the course of May. Some swap blocks, some BOM blocks. Not pictured are the six scrappy string blocks I got through. As I’d said previously, I’d started creative writing venture that ate my brain. However, I’m ready to step back over to the sewing side of things. I really want to finish something, and soon.

Link up with Fresh Sewing Day below:

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