Friday, 24 August 2012

Partial Seams - not as hard as I feared

When Jenna and Melissa announced the Sew Intertwined QAL back in July, they failed to mention that the woven block had partial seams..... but if you don't try new techniques, you'll never learn new techniques. I decided not to tackle these blocks in the evenings this last week, and waited till I had plenty of time today.

I don't know why I was making such a fuss. Thanks to great tutorials and a bit of common sense, they went very very smoothly.

I have completed four of the twelve blocks I need - these are the corner blocks.

The first block I made has a tiny tiny crinkle - not even a pleat - in one corner. Because I press my seams open, I realised for the next blocks that when I sew the first part of the seam, I need to sew along more of the seam line than suggested in the tutorial so that I am well outside the seam allowances when I come to complete the seam, so I sewed along half of the central block rather than just 25% of it.

This would be another great block for a whole quilt.

I've also appliqued my dresden for the centre of the quilt to the background fabric - in the end I went for machine blanket stitch in a thread to match the background, which means you can see the stitches - I like it. Just need to do the centre now.

You may remember that I mentioned a few months back that it was the year of baby boys? Well, the baby boy due in October decided that today was the day he wanted to see the world. Sebastian was born this afternoon by C-Section weighing 3lb 12oz (the other end of the scale to Joshua at 12lb 2oz!). Mum and baby are both doing well, but the quilt isn't quite finished! In fact, it's barely started - just one of thirty-five/six blocks completed.... better get a move on! I've started cutting fabric so I can sit and piece tomorrow.


Cherie said...

The blocks look very tricky to make. Such great news on the baby glad to hear they are both doing well =D

Melissa said...

Congratulations on tackling something new, the blocks look wonderful. Glad to hear Mum and Baby are doing well too!

Nic said...

Wow, they look great! And yes, this would make a very striking quilt if used all over.

Another wow, that is a tiny baby. So glad to hear he's ok. And mum too.

quirky granola girl said...

those blocks are fabulous!