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SCANDIBEE SEPTEMBER BLOCKS

There’s something curious about blogging in March 2016 about September 2015 blocks, but I’ll try just for the heck of it :D Granted, they were sent to Annika in Sweden in December only, but still…

Annika requested two blocks, which finished at 10.5”x10.5”, and while the background was quick and easy, the petals in pink became my nemesis of sort. Why, you ask? Needle turn appliqué. Sewing by hand. Oh dear. Before we continue, let me assure you that I’m quite eager to try English paper piecing at some point, so the story doesn’t end in blood.

She also had wishes in regards to fabric colours. The background was supposed to be a mix of white and green, whereas four petals, starting from a 2”x4” rectangle, were to be pink. All scrappy as per our general rules.

Nina With Freckles - Scandibee September 1 2016-03-10

To fit the background (you’ll see below), Annika asked we draw our own petal templates, and I decided to make mine as symmetrical as possible. I folded a piece of paper first in half, then another time in half. On one of the quadrants I drew a gentle curve along which I cut, then used the cut edge to draw on the rest of the quadrants, whilst folding and opening up the paper as needed. You can see my template here:

Nina With Freckles - Scandibee September 2 2016-03-10

There’s also two thirds of a Bohin kit bought via Massdrop. One chalk pencil with sharpener is for thin chalk (white on top, colours below in the box), another not showed is for thick chalk, and the third is a glue stick. I’m very pleased with the quality of these products! (No, I don’t get anything for saying this.)

And here’s my first block. For some reason I had forgotten my Craftsy class in which Sarah Fielke teaches needle turn appliqué, but using that knowledge all of a sudden made my mental block get unstuck. I won’t say it is easy nor fast to learn this technique, as the pieces are a bit fiddly to begin with, but gluing down each petal along its centre helped a great deal.

Nina With Freckles - Scandibee September 3 2016-03-10

Here’s a process photo of the second block, which petals I happened to draw first though. You might see the thin white chalk line on the bottom petal, and working with it convinced me that the violet line for the rest of them was a smart choice. While it is reasonably visible in its flat state, when turning the seam allowance the colour disappears almost completely against the white background.

Nina With Freckles - Scandibee September 4 2016-03-10

In case you never heard of needle turn appliqué before, perhaps it’s beginning to sound less tricky already? The point is to finger press along a line, which will work as the seam line, and once you sew, aka turn the seam allowance with the needle, the quarter-inch worth of fabric will get tucked under.

My bee members did various versions of hand appliqué, but based on what I saw – cutting up two layers and folding inside out, or using aluminium foil to press down the seam allowances – I still think this technique seems the most straight forward as long as you know what you’re doing. I kind of detest hand sewing, but found a rhythm halfway through the first petal, believe it or not!

Nina With Freckles - Scandibee September 5 2016-03-10

The lighting in winter evening conditions is dreadful once again, but such is it. As for my two blocks for Annika, once they finally were sent to her, I was pretty darn proud of them! The only thing I’d do differently is to have a better needle for the purpose. Sarah Fielke uses long, thin needles and I need to hunt them down, because the crystal ball tells me there will be more appliqué in my future.

The mind works in mysterious ways sometimes, but if I ever doubted my Craftsy classes, this particular case shows just how important they are to me. I like learning at my own pace, and with the chance to rewatch something I found difficult, or simply didn’t catch the first time when the phone rang, and so I will keep being a happy occasional customer.

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Simplicity – Block 10 Stripes

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 10 Stripes main 2015-08-03

NM Patterns - Simplicity blog button 2015-05-18Oh wow, this was a challenging one! And hello, happy Monday, too :) Welcome to the tenth block, Stripes, of the Simplicity quilt. I realise I’ve forgotten to mention in quite a few posts the hashtags you can use for instance on Instagram, #simplicityquilt and #simplicityquiltalong.

We have just stepped into August, which means there are only two more blocks after this one, but first let’s look at the graphic version of Stripes.

Nina With Freckles - Simplicity - Block 10 Stripes graphic 2015-08-03

The reason I picked two green hues and orange is once again the colour wheel, this time two secondary colours. Also, orange happens to pop more than violet does, when paired with green. But make it your own!

Cutting pieces

Instead of cutting a lot of thin strips from a larger piece, I started by cutting a rectangle for each set of green stripes, then subcutting it further into strips.

If you wish to do that, cut as follows:

  • Vertical stripes (dark green): One (1) piece 10.5” x 8.5”
  • Background (light green): One (1) piece 9” x 8.5”

For the block, eventually you will need:

  • Background (light green):
    • From the above cut 9” x 8.5” rectangle:
      • Two (2) pieces 1.5” x 8.5”
      • Six (6) pieces 1” x 8.5”
    • For top and bottom borders:
      • Two (2) pieces 12.5” x 2.5”
  • Vertical stripes (dark green):
    • From the above cut 10.5” x 8.5” rectangle:
      • Seven (7) pieces 1.5” x 8.5”
  • Horizontal stripe (orange):
    • One (1) piece 1” x 12.5”

If you’re using directional prints, please recall that the first length of a piece is the width on the x axis (horizontal), whereas the second one is on the y axis (vertical). If print direction doesn’t matter, as usual, go ahead and cut however is the most logical in relation to your fabric.

Now we sew. I kept saying that a few times when constructing the block, so I thought I’d share this with you, too. Sharing is caring as they say.

Block construction

The block is constructed in a few steps, and there are several chain piecing opportunities. The only hickup at first could be regarding the left and right background borders of slightly wider size, but otherwise it’s sort of about pairing dark greens with light greens. Sew with a quarter-inch seam allowance.

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 10 Stripes construction 2015-08-03

Construction steps:

  1. Sew the whole mid-section of pieces together, press all seams in one direction. Chain piecing works beautifully here.
  2. Cut through the middle of the panel. It is 8.5” tall, meaning the halfway point is at 4.25”.
  3. Sew the orange stripe in place. It helps if you run the seam allowances as suggested in piecing tips mentioned in earlier block blog posts, pointing away from the feed dogs. When sewing one seam, you will therefore have the orange piece on top, whereas for the other seam, it will be at the bottom, closer to the feed dogs. There’s relatively much bulk in the stripe panel and so it makes sense to press both newly sewn seams toward the orange.
  4. Sew the top and bottom borders of background fabric in place, and press as above, away from the bulk, toward the border.

Press the block and admire your work.

The finished block

This Stripes block of Simplicity has been yet another example for me to pay proper attention to. While the look is smashing, a bit like Fibonacci earlier, the thin pieces are no walk in the park to deal with. As a result, my block is a bit crooked, but who cares. We are here to learn new things, including what doesn’t work for us to include in the future. I still like my block, though!

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 10 Stripes finished 2015-08-03

Are there some questions or comments perhaps? How has the speed of posting blocks this summer been for you? Happy striping!

Scandibee April blocks

NWF Scandibee April blocks 2015-05-06

Scandibee Queen Bee of April, Sigrun, asked for two polaroid blocks, using the tutorial posted by Capitola Quilter, with minor modifications to the size of the white “photograph” frame.

The block design is fun and supposedly quite easy to figure out mathematically, but for some reason everything happened at once and I haven’t felt as ridiculously bad at sewing as when making these two blocks. The list of mishaps is too long for me to bother listing it, but suffice to say, I’m not too fond of fabric that stretches. Because that is one thing I cannot make myself take the blame for.

Also, I had originally planned on using a greyish pink fabric as background for the pink polaroids, but it coloured my white pressing board (handdyed by someone), so I decided against it at once and went for the dark green instead. Then I let Sigrun decide between three options – light green, the same dark green, or a clear blue – for the other block, and she picked the light green you see above.

Finally, I do believe I need to invest in another iron. Maybe I’ve mentioned it here before, but it is beginning to annoy me a great deal how stuff never looks just right after I’ve pressed stuff… I keep drooling over the neat finish in Camille Roskelley’s Craftsy classes, but another thing in her case is that she only uses fabric from the same manufacturer, which translates to there being no variations in how they behave when handled during the different stages of the process.

All in all, what I found challenging when making these blocks, has nothing to do with the design, and everything to do with me. I think there are so many areas that I need to improve in still, and sometimes a reminder completely in my face can feel quite frustrating. Despite hickups, however, the two nature-themed blocks are now on their way to Norway, where Sigrun can create a stunning polaroid quilt thanks to some wonderful contributions sent from all over Europe. Be sure to check our Flickr pool from time to time (button in side column)!

Scandibee March blocks

NWF Scandibee March blocks 2015-04-03

The Scandibee March Queen Bee, Ruth, asked for two 12.5”x12.5” blocks of 16 patches each. Her request were three Christmassy bright red patches among thirteen low-volume ones. Talk about picking the right colour scheme for a project that has its root in traditionally red and white Scandinavia! :)

I asked about these greyscale fabrics before cutting, as some of them read a but more black than what she might have liked. The tightest pattern reads black and hence I chose to include it only once. My low-volume stash really is challenging still, though, but I’m sure it would be a good investment to find new fabrics in this category. They simply are lovely.

Sewing machine challenges

Some of you might remember my early-day problems with the quarter-inch presser foot, or rather its quarter-inch guide. The latter was a wobbly piece of metal (junk really), which caused my seams to be larger than a quarter inch, so I unceremoniously ripped it off in anger one day. Afterwards I made some attempts at figuring out the exact placement of the elusive quarter inch, but have kept winging it since. But now Ruth made it clear (and I totally agree with her, of course!) that this was a block where a neat grid is to be expected, so I just had to figure this out.

Before sewing, I drew lines, lots and lots of lines, on a paper. First, I tested the placement of the needle and saw that the fifth position supposedly is in the middle of the presser foot – yet isn’t. I should turn the wheel down a bit to the whereabouts of 4 perhaps, but the blasted thing doesn’t move until around 3-3.5, at which point the needle is visibly off-centre in a not-so-good way. The conclusion is that I can’t trust the needle wheel the same way as the stitch-length wheel that moves in clear increments (decimal millimetres) at least in theory. I hate stuff that is supposed to work, but doesn’t… Ugh.

Next step was to figure out exactly where in relation to the quarter-inch presser foot that the quarter-inch line would move. While one line was moving through the middle of the presser foot and the other was underneath a red line on the foot (at least that marking is to be trusted, thank goodness!), the needle was off-centre by a hair. Only that hair wasn’t like the scant “hair” one should sew below a quarter inch. Sigh.

Now I have an idea of where the fabric should move to create a scant quarter-inch seam. But of course it isn’t this easy… I seriously hope you didn’t expect that…. *eyeroll* What I mean is that when I keep the scant quarter-inch seam allowance from the quarter-inch marking on the presser foot, fabric moves in unpredictable ways, because the feed dogs refuse to cooperate.

What I have to figure out still is exactly where to place the needle (with the help of aforementioned inexact needle wheel), whilst moving the fabric underneath the quarter-inch marking. That’s the only way to have enough fabric to produce an even movement and hence an even seam allowance, but right now I don’t have it in me to test more stuff to ensure a super-precise result. Deep sigh. If you’re a Bernina seller and feel like having someone test one of your new Bernina models, I’m your woman…

The blocks

But back to the blocks before I get too worked up about my sewing machine. Cutting 3.5-inch squares was easy enough and quite quick. Sewing was annoying due to the machine, rather than the pattern itself, but pressing taught me new things, which I love!

Ruth asked for nested seams (which I detest quite frankly), but they do have their place in patchwork and so I went all out trying to produce as neat a result as possible. In this 16-patch block you must consider how to press rows later, and in my first block I didn’t see this before pinning like crazy two rows together.

It is preferable to press the row closest to the feed dogs in such a way that the run smoothly over the seam allowances. When you nest the seams, this means that the seam allowances on top, touching the presser foot, will approach said foot in a way that can cause the fabric to pucker up. But since you see what is going on, you can adjust the fabrics to sit flat in the stitches. Heureka.

To create as neat points as possible, I pinned along the whole length of the rows. Usually I remove pins before sewing, but this time I left them in place quite a few times, including when running over seams pressed towards the feed dogs. Obviously you can’t avoid having at least some of them run in the unfavourable direction, and then it helps to reduce puckering to have a pin assist the machine.

Normally I use steam when pressing, but this time, due to trying to create a perfect 12.5-inch block without distorting the fabrics, the iron was dry. This is visible in the photos above, but I did press with steam before sending Ruth her blocks, as the “sloppy” finish bothered me too much.

My conclusion

While these nested seams are no favourite of mine, I’m determined to master them. Creating perfect points is hard work, and sometimes I don’t feel like using a pattern again, but these square patches are incredibly versatile and so it seams (haha, pun intended) like a good idea to keep practicing. Pressing seams open is my preference for many reasons, but nested seams truly can be the only alternative in some cases.

My impatience can get the better of me sometimes, but I’m grateful that Ruth chose this block both because it is a basic set of skills as well as a reason for me to tackle stuff on my to-do list (have been meaning to sort the quarter-inch seam thingy a long time already).

Check out the other contributions in our bee pool! I can’t wait to see what Ruth will create from the blocks.

How do you feel about basic patterns like this one? Find them too boring? Or safe and nice? I keep thinking of scraps in this context and see the whole rainbow in front of me again. Oooh, and disappearing something-patches like Kristy’s Modernized D9P, a disappearing nine-patch block! Perfect points aren’t entirely silly, you know.

Scandibee February blocks

NWF Scandibee February blocks 2015-03-24

The February blocks for Scandibee Queen Bee Lizzie were a tad more challenging to make, compared to the January blocks, but on the other hand I jumped with eagerness into my scrap basket.

Lizzie asked for two 12.5”x12.5” blocks with red fabrics in the background, made according to the Spiderweb block tutorial by Em of Sewing by Moonlight. Em has provided downloadable templates for both the four “kites” and the squaring up of the quarter blocks. While the latter worked well in theory, I probably had taped the two pieces together in a slightly wonky way, because the first block made was challenging in its final stages to say the least. I barely had anything to trim off, so I decided to send both blocks untrimmed to Lizzie – in particular since I still don’t have a 12.5”x12.5” ruler.

When making the second block, I trimmed each quarter block an eight of an inch larger than necessary. This made it much easier to attempt creating perfect points in all intersections and I achieved this goal fairly well. At least I wasn’t ashamed to send my contributions to the Queen Bee. Another tricky thing with my machine is the not-so-great backstitching that it does, which caused me to tie knots rather than backstitch.

Challenges aside, the Spiderweb blocks were fun to make, but I think I won’t make a whole quilt with this technique, not by myself at least. The process is fairly slow, when you strive for perfect pattern placements, and also want somewhat harmonious-looking blocks. And of course that’s how I roll, in both good and bad.

NWF One-hour basket 2015-03-23I see time and time again how I prefer quality over quantity, and it’s okay. Clearly, I still feel torn about not cranking out stuff in large volumes, but I think it’s also to do with the fact that quilts are large and sometimes daunting projects. This probably holds true in particular because I have two sampler quilts in the making, which means learning new techniques in each block. Yesterday’s quick 1-hour basket showed me that I should keep making smaller, much quicker projects next to the larger ones, to feel like I’m making constant progress, regardless of speed. Maybe it also has something to do with the fact that in my professional life I only have huge projects going on at the moment, and if my leisure is characterised by equally slow progress, it’s easier to feel overwhelmed, disappointed in a sense, and slightly frustrated as well. Something worth chewing on for sure! How do you deal with this? Not think about it at all? I’m possibly over-analysing things here… Wouldn’t be the first time for it to happen :)

Lizzie updated her Instagram yesterday with a photo of my stuff for her, so now I can let out a sigh of relief that nothing got lost in transit. Check out the other Spiderweb blocks in the Scandibee Flickr pool if you like! They are gorgeous!

Spray starch made at home

NWF Homemade spray starch 2014-12-01

NWF Homemade starch 2014-11-10

Spray starch is a new thing for me and it isn’t readily available here in Finland either, so it was with joy that I stumbled upon a tutorial by Kati of from the blue chair how to make it at home. Since she uses American volumes, I’ve adapted the recipe to the metric system:

  • 1-2 tablespoons or 15-30 ml corn starch, often sold as Maizena
  • 500 ml water

I have omitted the essential oil, but a drop or two should be fine if you like this addition. As you can see from the photo, corn starch clumps easily, so don’t pour too much at once into the funnel.

The more starch you add, the stiffer the fabric will become, and the original recipe is with 1-2 tablespoons per 1 pint (473 ml), so 15 ml corn starch might not be enough in your opinion. Start with less and add as you go.

As Kati said, test it on scraps first. Isn’t it great how something so basic can be made at home in no time and in such an inexpensive way, too?

And how does one use spray starch, one might wonder? Alyssa of Pile O’ Fabric has a great tutorial with Youtube videos included. She covers everything you can think of, from amount of starch to iron settings to how to move the iron (pressing or ironing).

What is your experience with spray starch? Do you make it yourself? If you don’t, would you consider making it based on this information?

Piece of Cake 3 – Block piecing update

I finally dug out the unfinished blocks of Piece of Cake 3 and cut the two white parts per block. I sewed the first batch of strips onto one side of ten blocks. They were consistently too small, by about a quarter of an inch. The white side strip is 13” tall and the block measures about 12.75”. Consistent quarter inch missing. Sigh.

Perhaps I’m totally dense, but it never occurred to me that my quarter-inch specialty presser foot manufactured by Husqvarna Viking could be creating incorrect seams. The metal guide on the right side of the expensive piece of plastic is off by at least 1 mm. I just can’t believe this. I paid over 20€ for this presser foot and it’s this inaccurate. How is it possible???

I know I’m still a beginner and this group of sewers will inevitably cut inconsistently, sew crooked seams, press in sloppy fashion, etc., but is it too much to expect my tools to behave as they should, so the blame is mine alone when seams don’t match?

I’m so frustrated, angry, disappointed and what else that it’s hard to motivate myself to finish this quilt top. It will always be that quilt. Those pretty fabrics, it feels like everything is ruined right now, and I’d love to just chuck out that stupid presser foot out the window. It’s hard to keep sewing an incorrect seam, but if I want to have a quilt that isn’t even more off everywhere, I have to continue on the incorrect path until all seams of this quilt have been sewn.

At least I know now why my log-cabin blocks for the Craftsy BOM 2013 quilt were so totally off, too, but it’s hardly a consolation. Perhaps the company could sew it all from scratch for me? I’ve found out that in the US they claim there are no quilting feet (walking and darning) to put on Emerald 116, whereas not one but two shops here claim they have the correct feet for my machine. When I purchase those feet, I will have them demonstrate on an Emerald 116 prior to swinging the credit card or get assurance I can return them if they don’t fit. I wish I would have bought a Janome, Bernina or any other brand at this point.

Placemats – Piecing, round 2

The second batch of placemats were sewn last night. I just want to finish things right now or at least bring them to a point from which I can’t do more in that moment! Before I’ll philosophise about what this project has taught me, I’ll show you proof:

Placemat 4

Placemat 4

Placemat 5

Placemat 5 – A repetition of placemat 2

Placemat 6

Placemat 6 – A repetition of placemat 1

Someone had a brain fart when cutting the smaller rectangle of Wallpaper for the fourth placemat, so a creative solution was chosen to fix the gap. Out of an aesthetic point of view I should have unpicked some seams and made the white piece on top of the same column taller but I had ripped out two long seams by then so I went with the easiest solution.

These placemats are a milestone of a kind on my sewing journey and they will be the perfect practice project for learning how to quilt straight lines, because that is what I’ve decided to do; straight lines on each side of a column seam and the same in horizontal direction around each horizontal seam.

I’ve consulted my stash of bias tape and there is quite a lot of black of appropriate length – or that’s what it looks like to me. If I run out, I’ll purchase more. There is also dark brown but I think black will be more of a dot on the i.

Since I won’t be quilting now, but the placemats will rest for a bit, I won’t square them up at this point. So far, this project has taught me much more than expected and I’m very happy about making these placemats.

Things I’ve learned:

  • I like to see for myself; here I fearlessly combined quilt-weight fabrics with thick canvas-type fabrics and today I think it was insane due to some bad stretching etc., but I’m pleased to have the experience. If I ever face a moment where I have to do it again for some reason, I’ll work out some way of making it possible rather than say “No, it’s not doable”.
  • I’m beginning to understand the sounds of my sewing machine; the thread jumped out of the needle a couple of times and while I didn’t notice immediately, I heard a change of sound and was able to re-sew after only a few inches of no-thread sewing.
  • I know where to place the first pin so that it is of use; if placed too close to the starting point of a seam, it becomes obsolete (it hits the guide of the quarter-inch foot) before sewing has begun.
  • My sewing machine likes to make a tangle at the beginning of a seam, so I’m now using a leader suggested by some Craftsy user (thanks a bunch!) after which the real seam is chain pieced.
  • It’s not the end of the world when sewing for oneself, if a hickup happens such as the too narrowly cut piece caused by a brain fart.
  • I should expect to use the seam ripper or it will be a frustrating experience when it needs to come out. If I don’t have to use it, the sewing has been an unexpected success.
  • I need to make a pressing board because I keep burning my fingers on the ironing board when pressing seams open. Steam is hot and the energy goes into the metal grid inside the board, where it stays for quite some time. I love the height of the adjustable ironing board, so a fairly good place for a pressing board would be on the kitchen countertop.
  • It’s much more interesting to not always use one’s go-to palette; brown and beige isn’t a significant part of my normal repertoir apart from the daily cups of coffee, but violet, purple, pink, yellow, red and other bright colours don’t fit so well in my kitchen, so either I accept the “size and shape” of my kitchen or I squeeze it into a pair of way-too-tight jeans that reveal the colour of its undies.

Placemats – Piecing, round 1

Remember the placemats? No? It’s okay, they’ve been pretty foggy in my mind too and I’m supposed to be the one to make them. I seem to be on a bit of a roll here, so much so that it’s not an option to put the sewing machine away, because I might need it in the next hour or at the very latest the next day!

I’ve cut all the white pieces a while ago and have just finished piecing the third of six in total. The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman and she published it for a Christmas quilt along – two Christmases ago… Anyway, I’m back on track and will keep going until the quilting stage, after which I’ll have to wait until I’ve purchased a walking foot. There’s a bit of dust in the bank right now, but I’ll get to that and a free-motion quilting foot eventually. There’s also a bit of a hickup coming up, because it seems like Husqvarna doesn’t produce these two presser feet for my particular model. I so love purchasing sewing machines from people, who know what they are talking about. End of parenthesis.

Here are the three first placemats:

Placemat 1

Placemat 1

Placemat 2

Placemat 2

Placemat 3

Placemat 3

I had started the piecing of the columns where no white appears, but I now remember thinking it was much slower than expected. No wonder, since there were broken threads at the ends of each seam… Thank goodness for chain piecing!

You might notice that the largest rectangle of the Wallpaper fabric in the third placemat is broken? I don’t mind this at all, but my message is to choose fat quarters rather than quarter yards, because once again I’ve done much more work than necessary due to not working with fat quarters. I think I mentioned in the earlier post on this project that I had to fussy cut quite a bit and it’s a well-learned lesson; think twice whether it is worth it.

The placemats have been photographed on the kitchen table, their future home and while the oak finish shoots fairly dark, the fabric choices will suit beautifully both table, lamp (black), future curtain (the black fabric with white stripes above) and countertops (black, not my choice but I’m working with it rather than against it).

I considered making the placemats two-sided, but decided to use some second-grade fabric as backing and leave it at that. I also have quite a lot of purchased (inherited) bias tape to use, but the focal point is the pieced top in the end. And soon there will be six!

Craftsy BOM 2012 – January blocks

There are two blocks to be made in the BOM 2012 series hosted by Amy Gibson at Craftsy and each block will introduce a technique new to me, so as written earlier I intend to start this sampler quilt during the ongoing month, then finish next year.

The sneak peak revealed last night didn’t show the end result of the first January block, but here it is, photographed Monday morning:

Craftsy BOM 2012 January - 1 Asterisk block

Craftsy BOM 2012 block 1, the Asterisk

Pressing the Asterisk was quite a challenge due to the bulk caused by pressing toward the darker fabric, so the Wonky Pound Sign block below was pressed the way I normally do and prefer, with seams opened. I was careful to find the mid-points of both corners and sides when cutting through the Asterisk block and the lines are pretty straight. Apart from the little seam-ripper flirtation I enjoyed learning the technique of this block very much. It’s quite simple to grasp, but not as easy to master to perfection.

The second January block is the Wonky Pound Sign, although I keep thinking of it as a wonky hashtag. This block is slightly wonkier and not necessarily in the good way, but hey, I need some alcohol in the blood before I can see through fabrics. Really. A creative mind finds opportunities in unexpected places, so maybe I should go practice a bit. Before I keep rambling any further, here it is:

Craftsy BOM 2012 January - 2 Wonky Pound Sign block

Craftsy BOM 2012 block 2, the Wonky Pound Sign

This second block was much quicker to make, but lining up those flower thingies was harder than expected. The first seam was unpinned before sewing, but I quickly noticed it won’t do, so several pins where used thereafter.

Since I’m having so much fun pushing myself outside of my comfort zone (it is a bit scary if I’m allowed to be completely honest), I jumped onto next month’s two blocks, printed the directions and selected my fabrics. It’s going to be great, so hold on to your flower hats!