|Jingle BOM Pieced Block No. 7|
We made a start with Christmas decorating on Friday and Saturday, but on Sunday afternoon Anders went to Grammy's house for oil painting and cookie baking and Lars and I headed up to the sewing room. Lars is pretty self-sufficient with his cross stitch project now, so I was able to work on Pieced Block No. 7 for my Jingle BOM project.
I did have some setbacks with this block. First of all, Erin Russek's pattern instructions are for traditional cutting methods where you cut out a square of a certain size and then cut it diagonally once (for half-square triangles or HSTs) or twice (for quarter-square triangles or QSTs). I wanted to use my specialty rulers instead, which allow me to quickly and accurately cut these triangles from strips of fabric instead of first cutting squares -- but you have to know what size to make your strips first. I cut my red poinsettia triangles too small the first time and had to recut them from wider strips. But my biggest challenge with this block was figuring out how to cut those outer corner triangles accurately. The directions called for making them as HSTs, but I wanted to fussy-cut them from a medallion motif on my fabric. I cut my triangles way too small the first time, and worried that maybe the corner triangles were the right size and the rest of the block was all screwed up, but I finally figured it out.
|Jingle BOM Pieced Block No. 7|
I sewed this block on my Big 'Nina, the Bernina 750 QE, with foot #37D and Dual Feed engaged, Aurifil 50/2 thread, and a size 70 Microtex needle, stitch length 2.0. (That's for my own benefit -- I often forget what worked for me last time and it's nice to be able to look back through my blog and find that information).
My husband says I need to finish decorating my Christmas trees so he can take the boxes out of the house today, and it's either laundry today or naked family tomorrow... ;-) I'm not sure whether I'll make it back into my sewing room before tomorrow, but here's what I'm cooking up for the next block so far:
|Next Up: Jingle Pieced Block No. 6|
Have a wonderful Monday, everyone! I'm linking up with Design Wall Monday on Judy's blog, Patchwork Times. Pop over there to be inspired by what others are working on today.
oooh! I have Jingle all printed out and ready for 2014! I found it late and had too many irons in the fire to get started. I LOVE your fabrics. Not sure what I will use,but may decide to go untraditional. Will decide after a NewYears Day stash dive! I will have to dig out my spray starch..Thanks for the tip..
Jingle love! I only managed to do one block, but saved all the patterns.
The fabrics you are using for the Jingle Bell blocks are just perfect!
That is REALLY beautiful!!!
That is REALLY beautiful!
I keep resisting printing the patterns for the Jingle BOM, but I can't hold back any longer. Your blocks are just beautiful! I love the colors ... they all just pop. Can't wait to see your completed quilt. Thank you for your kind words on my blog about my red and white quilt. Great idea about using it to practice my FMQ.
Absolutely gorgeous, you are amazing!
This is a real beauty, well worth all that extra effort you took! And starch-YES! I discovered the beauty of starch early in my piecing days and I made a block with 23 set in seams. It was dead on perfect -starch rocks!
just gorgeous! I really love your fabrics and despite the problems you encountered it turned out great.
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