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Monday, October 1, 2012

This and That - Several Projects This Week

Since I returned home, I've worked on several projects, and have had some trouble with one of them.  Block #4, from the Barbara Brackman (BB) block of the week, was a puzzling one, but I finished it.  Here's how:

I looked at all the other people's solutions to piecing it, and looked at my own skills, and decided to do a combination of machine piecing, and hand applique.

Here are most of the pieces (cut out last week) ready to assemble:

If I machine pieced it, I knew I would be using the seam ripper a lot.....that didn't appeal to me.  If I hand pieced it, it would take me forever...not appealing either.  So I decided to first machine piece segments.

Here are the back side of a couple of the three piece segments, with the edge turned under, ready for the next step:




Then I arranged them on the ironing board, and fanned them out to overlap
each other:


Hmmmm, I need to close the gap!  This is how it would have probably turned out if I'd machine pieced the whole thing.  After adjusting the pieces, I have it how I want it:



I pinned everything and appliqued the seams to get the "sunflower" petals.  Then I appliqued a black circle over the center hole, and to finish it, I cut an 8.5 inch black fabric piece, and cut a hole in the middle of it and appliqued it over the above piece.  Voila!




Here are the blocks for BB's Suffragette quilt so far:


I'm also working on Lori's (http://humblequilts.blogspot.com) little quilt, and have made little four patches that are made from pieces that finish at 3/4 inch wide.  That is, each square shown below is 2x2 inches unfinished.



Aren't they cute little guys?  

5 comments:

  1. Fantastic! I know you are not alone for I have read several other bloggers having the same problems. Surely your tutorial will be very helpful. Your block turned out wonderful.

    Judy

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  2. They are indeed very cute! All of your blocks are lovely!

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  3. Wow! You are a genius to figure out a wonderful way to put the sunflower block together! It looks fantastic!!
    I'm so excited about the Mountain Trail quilt:)

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  4. Love your color choices in the black and orange quilt...lovely! Love that cheddar! I'm a new follower. Have enjoyed rummaging through your posts!

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