|First Quadrant of my First Ever Paper-Pieced Block!|
|Auditioning Fabrics with my Nativity Figures|
I made four copies of the 1/4 unit that makes up the block, using special paper for foundation piecing (also already in my stash) that is supposed to be thin, strong, and resist transferring printer ink onto my ironing board. I planned out my fabric placement with my sons' colored pencils, selecting colors as close as possible to my fabrics to get an accurate sense of how the finished block would turn out. I wrote the color names of each fabric on the corresponding section of the paper foundations, lined up my pre-cut rectangles in numerical order, and sat down at my machine for some very weird upside-down sewing with my fabrics completely hidden by a piece of PAPER that I was sewing through. This gave me ANXIETY, and I probably held my breath while I was sewing each seam. However, I followed the instructions, kept the faith, and when I was finished I ended up with what appears to be a correctly sewn quarter of my star block. (Note: my camera was crooked; the block is actually perfectly square). Yippee!
I've got some gifts to wrap up for shipping and homework to supervise this afternoon, and my boys are singing in our church's Christmas concert this evening -- Lars even has a solo -- so I'm not sure whether I'll have a chance to work on the remaining three quadrants of my star today. I only have a vague idea of what the rest of the table runner will look like, but at least I've made a start.
Happy Second Sunday of Advent to all of my Christian friends and family, and Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends!
By the way, I'm linking up to SewCalGal's Quilter's Christmas Party today. If you have a moment, please pop over to join the fun, see what holiday projects other quilters have been working on, and learn how you can help make a difference by supporting Operation Homefront.
you are one busy lady and to take on a new project at this late date.. I am still trying to finish my charity quilts so I can deliver them... So any new projects for me will start next year.
This will make a beautiful table runner for your nativity ... :) Pat
ohhh I can see how PP would lend itself nicely to cool stars!! I love your nativity - Is it Jim Shore>
I'm thinking this is going to be a fantastic runner and look forward to seeing the finished project with your nativity. Merry Christmas!
What a great idea for a runner for your Nativity Scene!
Oh look at you!!!! Your block is gorgeous, and your runner will be even more stunning!
Thanks for stopping by and sharing about your Christmas collections - I haven't heard of Krinkles -- so, I got an educational experience out of your comment. :)
I love the block and the fabric you've chosen for your new table runner. Merry Christmas!
I love the block and fabric you've chosen for your new table runner.
I love block and fabric you've chosen for your new table runner. Merry Christmas!
Gorgeous-both the table runner and the Nativity scene. I'm impressed that you are doing this at this date-go girl!
Thanks for coming to the Quilter's Christmas Party.
What a beautiful table runner and your nativity set look great together. Very special.
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