Here is a quick look at my W.i.P’s for this final week of August.
I finished my third block from the Fat Quarter Shop’s 2013 Designer Mystery BOM. I just LOVE this basket block!
I have a few tips if you’re making this one: Over-size the quarter-square triangle blocks (hour glass blocks)and then trim them down to the exact size. I did this by cutting all of the original squares at 3 1/2″ instead of 3 1/4″. Also, don’t cut the squares into quarters, but leave them whole. Draw a diagonal line on each light square and put them right sides together with the coral squares. Stitch on each side of the line.
Join the two opposite halves together and draw another diagonal line. Because you only need a total of 6 units, you won’t be using all of the pieces. This is what mine looked like after laying them out:
Finally, you trim them down to 2 1/2″ units.
Another tip that I have for you comes from Cathy, one of the customers at The Granary. She uses office label dots to distinguish the right and wrong sides of the cream fabric. As you’re cutting your fabric, place a dot on the right (or wrong, just be consistent) side of the fabric. It’s barely noticeable, but there is a difference – just ask me how I know!
I am going to be teaching a new curved piecing technique using the Quick Curve Ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful. I wanted some more practice, so I’m making a table runner for my daughter using the ruler, (which I’m really loving!).
And I’m picking fabric for a new project! Like I need a new project to work on, but you know that little voice inside that says, “sure, what’s the harm?” I’m taking an online class called The Penny Sampler, from Rachel at Stitched in Color. There is still time to join, if you’re interested (there’s that voice again!). Here’s the color palette I’ll be working with:
I made a pillow already as one of the projects for this class, but I forgot to take a picture. It’s really cute, trust me.