In between the frustration of those teeny, tiny blocks, I'm working on Dwell, from Camille's new book.
I'm making this quilt Queen size so I've multiplied the number of
blocks I'm making. For this house, the pattern calls for a 6" pinwheel
in the center - but I made a different 6" block for each house I built.
This is a paper pieced pattern from Red Pepper Quilts. I had such trouble with the paper piecing. So I went to YouTube and found this tutorial by The Crafty Gemini. Very helpful! As you can see, the tutorial helped me figure it out!
Maybe I'll try building a larger quilt with this as the center...For now, I'm satisfied with just a pillow.
These are table mats, playing with scraps. The little stars above and the the little blocks are 4" finished.
What a fun way to use up scraps!
Ugh! These blocks finish at 2 inches and as you can see by my first four attempts, it was not as simple as just piecing together! For attempt #1, I forgot to trim to size - but it didn't really matter - just look at those HST and I put the basket together wrong! Yuk! Attempt 2, Ditto! I did not learn from my mistake. Attempt 3, my machine was hungry - and started to eat the fabric - but no matter I still didn't get the HST right. At last I pieced the basket correctly, if not accurately. And Attempt 4 - okay, marginally better - but again, accuracy sucks!
Finally! Now we're getting somewhere!
Did anyone else have as much trouble piecing these teeny, tiny blocks?
By now, I'm sure many of you have jumped on the Craftsy train. I signed up for a few of the free classes to give it a try. This is the first class that I purchased.
This class advertises "good for beginner's" (although I wouldn't exactly call myself a beginner) and while that is definitely true, I learned some time saving techniques. The class covers more than one quilting project so you have the opportunity to try out the techniques on various projects. All instructions, materials, etc. are downloadable too. The class also encourages your creativity by giving examples of some of the blocks you can make using just the half-square triangle. And you can go at your own pace, rewind to review, and even make notes.
And of course, Camille is just adorable!
This class earns a
for Beginning Quilters with tips and techniques for the more advanced quilter.