This month I had a serious tidy up in my sewing cupboard. It didn’t take all month (!), just an afternoon really, I’m not that slow and the cupboard isn’t that big! But I’m feeling even more organised now…it was a bit like having a crafting spring clean. I got rid of loads of ribbon I don’t need anymore (that went off to school for Reception’s art station) and found a lot I had forgotten I had. Loads more fabric too but, of course, none was the right colours for the temperature quilt.
March has been a mixed month weather-wise; some mild weeks and some that might even be considered warm (for this time of year anyway). That has meant two weeks of 5° to 9°: turquoises and two week of 10° to 14°: greens. As in previous weeks and months, I am selecting each week’s block at random from Tula Pink’s “City Sampler Quilts: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks” book. The random selection has give all stripes and squares this past four weeks which has been fun for improving accurate parallel sewing. I read something interesting about the direction you press the seams on the back of a quilt block and how this can effect the look on the front. I have always pressed so that adjoining seams can be interlocked to avoid bulk, and so that a darker fabric seam doesn’t show through lighter fabric. The basic logic of what I read says that when seams are pressed to lay underneath a certain block piece, that piece stands out more, and it really does work. I only read it about it last week but I have pressed the week 12 block so that the thin cross in the centre stands forward from the background fabric. I’ll be using this technique in the future so I’ll go into more detail (with some “wrong side” photos) in the next catch-up post.
Week Nine: block No. 63 from the squares section
Week Ten: block No. 86 from the Haiku section
Week Eleven: block No. 58 from the stripes section
Week Twelve: block No. 11 from the crosses section
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Caboodle Textiles can cater for all your fabric needs. If you join their Facebook group there is a 10% discount code in there.
Little T’s Haberdashery have everything from roller cutters to pins and have a lovely discount code to use too: Coffee&Make10 for 10% off.
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