I missed chatting with you last week, but my happy self was at QuiltCon 2020 in Austin, Texas, and was too much fun to write down! Cari and I have attended courses in Ice Dying, Sashiko, Boro Inspired Stitching and Hand Quilting, so in the future you can expect some fun contributions to some fantastic new techniques and projects that we have come across!
In the meantime, I came home and had the best surprise! Debbie had the first block of Jen Kingwell’s new block of the month – Psychedelia – ready for me !! There are still LIMITED places where you can register for this beauty – call, send an email, or sign up! If you want all the details about this new parts list, you can click HERE to see our previous blog post …
TaDa … here it is! Month 1 – “Articture”! It ended at 18.5 ”and came together surprisingly quickly! On Jens Quilts, I tend to do a mix of hand or machine assemblies (whichever is easiest and fastest, lol), and this month was no different … Here are a few tips I learned from putting together Month 1!
- You get a LOT of fabric to complete this block, but if you want it to be Jen-style and super scrapped, consider adding your own waste to the mix! I suggest you have a project box where you can store all of your waste. You should revisit these leftover pieces in future blocks and in the final adjustment of your quilt top. I also bought a 1/4 yard cut from one of Jens Remix-Lollies that fits perfectly with the color mix of this month’s block. I put a piece of each of the 8 different fabrics in the block … I love how it turned out! We put this fabric pin aside in case you want to buy something. Ask when you pick up your block, like when it’s gone. He is gone
- USE stencil handles and a sandpaper plate when cutting and marking your blocks! I cannot stress enough how much these little tools help! We have Jens Griffe and her sandpaper board here in the moose, but all the handles and boards are enough. The key to quick sewing that I found is accurate cutting and marking. So do not hesitate to spend a little more time on this step. I added handles to BOTH sides of the B template because it was reversible.
- This month’s block consists of 16 equal units. So when you are finished cutting and marking your fabric, lay out your block pieces – arrange the colors so that you are happy with the end result. Decide how you’d like to sew it (by hand or machine – I’ve decided to machine a piece this month). To save a little time, sew all block units at the same time. I started with the larger cake-shaped triangles … sewing from point to point (I chose not to chain them because I only sewed from point to point to have the flexibility to leave my seams open). I found that it saved time, kept me up to date and didn’t have to “think” as much as if I were doing each unit individually … I then pressed on the dark dotted fabric and put the smaller units back on my little design board to keep the confusion to a minimum (if you know me, you know this tip was key! Lol)
- After the larger triangular units were finished, I went on and did the same with the smaller outer edge unit. I am not a professional in curved piecing (still lol), so I marked the 1/4 “seam of this unit. I put the two individual pieces together (and also pushed them into the dark).
- After all of the smaller units were made, I took each larger unit and pinned it! It went pretty quickly (since my centers were locked with opposite seams), I pinned a pin in the middle, pinned both outer edges, and added 4 more pens – two on each side of the middle … a quick bent seam – simply because I did had marked that 1/4 “seam allowance and a slight push towards the outside edge (with a little flatter on the tiny outside edges to keep them even and down).
- Finally, I put the units together in rows and put the rows together according to the pattern. This went very quickly because I had done all the prep work and my units were evenly and correctly sized!
All in all, this month went quickly – and I loved the bottom line !!
I hope you find the tips helpful. As always, we are happy to help you. Feel free to drop by or call if you have any questions.
Stay warm and healthy friends … and keep sewing!
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