Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks: Blocks 23 and 24

Whew!  I didn't think these blocks would ever get completed.  My life is very busy right now and with the start of tax season, I don't see it getting any better for a while.  While I'm here, I want to post that the drunkards paths blocks are behind.  I should have 2 more blocks posted by the end of the week but I don't think that's going to happen with my schedule.

Block 23 - Faire la Bise
#116 on page 29
Helen Stubbings
Hugs "N Kisses
21 pieces, mine is 17 pieces

I must have been out of my mind to schedule this block during this hectic time in my life.  I had in my head to make this block with fusible web instead of hand applique.  Then why did I prep the pieces for hand applique before it dawned on me that that's not what I wanted!  I started working on the block, yes hand appliqueing it, and my stitching wasn't as perfect as I'd like on this one.  So I decided enough hand work and used my sewing and embroidery machine to finish it.  I needed to test the embroidery machine as I picked it up from the repair shop on Saturday.  I used my decorative stitched on my sewing machine for the "x" stitches on the diagonal.  Then I used my embroidery machine to stitch the corners.  The design is from Dakota Collectibles.  Not perfect, but I'm glad it's done!

Block 24 - Geese 'Round the Rosie
#168 on page 167
Gudrun Eria
GE Designs
33 pieces

Since I was machine embroidering, I continue with this block, adding a heart in the center of this block instead of fussy cutting a piece of fabric.  I made the single flying geese as instructed in the pattern but used Quilt in a Day rulers for the four purple ones.  I like the accuracy of this method.  I also found that when I made the singles that if I pressed the folds on the squares to make the geese, they were more accurate.  I usually draw lines with this technique.  I guess dragging the pencil across must affect accuracy a bit.

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1 comment:

  1. OMG, that first block is stunning...applique, you say.....WOW! You are very talented!


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