Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Two steps forward one step back

I was really happy with how this first block turned out. However, I lost concentration while trimming it to size and somehow managed to cut it back to 16inches instead of 18. As I have already finished all the 16 inch blocks it looks like i will have a lovely new cushion sometime soon. It will give me a chance to practice some free motion quilting and see whether i like quilting on the applique.
The second block is to be placed in the lower left corner of the centre section and so can be sashed on all four sides. For this block i used a freezer paper template for the leaves. I painted starch on the seam allowance and pressed it over the template. When it was dry i carefully removed the template and pressed the shape again. It did make placing the leaves a little easier than a previous similar block and i am sure i will use this method again for some of the border shapes.
I have five more blocks, I think, before i can begin the borders.


  1. Oh no, how annoying for you. I haven't trimmed any of mine back yet, so I must remember to check sizes before trimming. The block with all the sashing looks gorgeous, the sashing really brings them to life.

  2. Lucky you to have enough background fabric to construct a replacement block! A timely lesson and what a shame you have to make another as this one is very perky!
    Those leaves on the second block look deceptively simple but their sharp points require a steady hand, so your tip for production is very helpful. Its really lovely to see sashing all around..just gorgeous Sheila.

  3. Your blocks look lovely!! Well, that cushion would be a bonus! Kim mcL