I’m in a Block of the Month (BOM) put on by #LoneStarQuiltWorks and it’s a gorgeous Nancy Rink pattern called Getting To Know Hue. In addition to designing the pattern, she also designed the fabrics. All colors have the same hue and the same dots and weave prints even though they are all different colors. April’s BOM is Getting to Know Yellow Green.
This entire quilt is really pushing my piecing skills. It seems like everything is on the bias so I’m learning to starch all fabrics on the wrong side before cutting. My favorite is Faultless with the blue cap. No flakes. I learned that trick from Amy Gibson at StitcheryDickoryDock.com Love her! If you pop over to her site, she has a free Paper Piecing cheat sheet she is sharing if you’re interested.
When I know I’m going to be cutting bias cuts, I never push the iron over the fabric, rather I place it top to bottom and use plenty of steam.
When I turn it over (above) I run the iron over it by barely touching the fabric until all the iron marks are gone. That’s better.
As with any pattern, reading it first is key. This month, I nearly made a mistake and cut the fat eighth long-ways instead of side ways. Whew. It was a narrow miss!
I love seeing all the neat stacks ready to become something beautiful!
I swear by my painter’s tape. The edge is the sewing line and I mark 1/4″ in for making the HSTs (half-square triangles). However, after the first 4 of these, I gave up and went back and drew the actual sewing lines. With all this bias, I wasn’t taking any chances.
And a short 6 hours later? Ta-da!! Two pretty good looking blocks if I do say so myself. Please don’t look too closely at my wobbly seams. I’m hoping they won’t show after it’s all together and quilted. Getting those exact points on the bias…what a chore! But I’ll take wonky seams over tipping a triangle any day.
Here are the blocks from Jan (blue), Feb (teal), and March (magenta).
Here’s what it will look like when it’s finished. What are you working on? Please reply or post a link. I’d love to see!