First off, Block Three, Gail Pan BOM finished:
|Blocks One, Two and Three|
Second, centre block of My Tweets - fused, awaiting blanket stitch. This is 34" square so a sizeable block. I had intended to complete the My Tweets BOM using misty fuse as the fusible web, to give the multiple layers a lovely soft feel - but hell, Misty fuse is like dealing with the devil. After last month and using baking paper to trace the pattern with mixed results, I purchased an applique mat, and succeeded in getting a whole sheet of misty fuse attached to it... which then stubbornly refused to be adherred to anything else... grrrr. So I had to scratch it off into a sticky wee ball of sticky stuff - and throw it in the bin. Well, lets just say I've found just normal, boring old fusible which will add a bit of stiffness, is going to be just fine. And I still have some hair left.
|A little closer up detail|
|Most of Block One|
I decided to play along with the Swoonalong happening over at im a ginger monkey, with the intention of completing a block each month. I've spent the last few days looking at my fabric selections, wondering how to mix and match - and after much pondering, decided to do a three fabric + background block, which will let me highlight some of the fabrics on more than one block, and work them in with different fabrics. Probably would have been heaps easier to just do a two colour block like the instructions said... but who said it had to be easy? Yesterday I cut the first block coloured fabrics... and today cut out the requirements for the background fabric. My tips for getting this finished: Concentrate on one block at a time... and only cut what you need for each block from the background fabric - there is a lot of cutting involved and very easy to make silly mistakes. I'm going to use several different white on whites... of which I have 1 yard each.
|I've started piecing the upper left corner... a lot of thinking going into seam direction... and not sure whether to press seams open instead, in the hope that they aren't so bulky. What's your opinion?|
|Week One - Woven Block|
|Week One - Snowball Block|
As it's Monday, I'll link up with BOM's Away and also Lee at Freshly Pieced on Wednesday (if I remember).