That didn’t go as planned

The last few days I was happily sewing along on my English paper piecing project (see last post). Finally I had all six parts and laid them out for joining into the final block.

And I realized that I don’t like it. It’s too dull, not yellow enough. I tried to persuade myself to finish the block telling myself that o one will notice in the final quilt. But I’m kind of a perfectionist (especially when I put a lot of work into it) so I removed the paper templates and started the block with other fabrics.

I like it a lot better now! Although the picture doesn’t really show it is a lot more yellow now.

The low contrast in the piece is exactely what I want to achieve. At a first glance you should only see a yellow block and only if you look closer you should realize that there is a pattern.

On the positive side – I secured the end of the stichting lines with locking backstitches as Katja Marek suggests. But I wasn’t too sure if they work. I tried to unsew some stitches on a discarded piece and now I know that those backstitches are really secure.

I will keep track of the sewing time for this project – the first discarded block took me 3 hours.


Stashbuster attempt

Yesterday I had a few hours to myself and what’s a quilter gonna do … roaming the Internet, looking at beautiful quilts, reading long neglected blogs and getting a lot of inspiration.

And then I stumbled across this quilt by Canadian quilter Katja Marek.

What a beauty!

Coincidentally I was thinking about sewing a color wheel quilt in the last few weeks. And about a stashbuster project to get rid of (at least) some of my scraps. This quilt just seems to be the perfect solution.

So I bought the corresponding book by Katja Marek which is her second one. And as I liked the blocks in her first book a little bit better I also bought that one. So two new books with a total of 104 blocks for English paper piecing.

I think I will only do the star with its six parts in yellow, green, blue, purple, red and orange. And I have the best intentions to only use my stash (but I can’t promise).

Yesterday evening I raided my yellow stash and printed out the pattern pieces for the first block. I already cut them out. Now I need to iron the scraps and then I’m looking forward to relaxing hours on my balcony with my EPP star.


Blockhead #7

“Game Board” by Lisa Bongean

There might be brave quilters who tackle the 4½ inches block but for me it was 9 inches.

The block reminds me less of a game board and more of the Tetris game on one of my first mobile phones. Anyways – it was fun to sew.

Here‘s the blog post where you will find the pdf pattern. And as always – go to the Moda Blockheads Facebook Group for further information and inspiration.