Yesterday I pushed myself out of my news-induced funk and into my studio for a few hours. I had a lot of clutter accumulated on my cutting table that needed to be cleared away before I could cut borders for my Spirit Song quilt, and one of the things I unearthed there was the foundation papers, templates, and precut fabrics for the next block of my son Anders' "Beware the Ishmaelites" quilt. Since I prepped everything for this block SEVEN months ago and it's been sitting on my cutting table, ready to go, ever since, I decided that I should take a detour to sew this block together before I lose any of the pieces.
|Next Block In Progress for Anders' MBB Beware the Ishmaelites Sampler|
|Beware the Ishmaelites Rendering, 94 x 104|
|Moda Modern Building Blocks, 84 x 96, Free Pattern Available Here|
|First Block, 30 x 30, Completed in August 2019|
|Three Blocks Completed So Far...|
|Foundation Paper Piecing in Sections|
|Foundation Paper Piecing on my Bernina 750QE|
|This Is As Far As Foundation Paper Piecing Takes Me|
As you can see in the diagram below, this block has set-in seams, or "Y-Seams." Yes, I could have transected those black and pale blue QSTs and made them with a pair of HSTs instead to simplify construction of this block -- but I kind of LIKE sewing Y-seams, and I DISLIKE unnecessary seams in my blocks. I don't like having extra seam lines cutting through the fabric where they don't need to be, and I don't like the added bulk of those added seam allowances, either.
|Let's Get Ready For Some Y-Seams!|
|Bette, My 1935 Singer Featherweight, Will Be Assisting With Today's Y-Seams|
I'm linking up today's post with · Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation . Have a great day, stay safe, and happy stitching!
I do all my foundation piecing on one of my Featherweights. I like that I can flip up the bed to access the extra table space under it. Right now I am doing all sewing there with a white Coats Dual thread since the background fabric is white. And yes, I found an Antique Wedding Sampler block that I cut out 2 years ago and ready to go on one of the tables in my quilt room. It got moved to yet another place at I cleared off tables so my grandkids have lots of table space for lego, colouring and now playing cards on my ironing table.
great little machines aren't they - I have been using my babylock again for awhile but always go back and forth with the two machines
What a useful tip about completing a stitch before reversing, I will endeavor to not just hit that reverse button so quickly. Can't wait to see the complete block. And I hear you on the avoiding news, it's getting ridiculous.
Foundation piecing does produce precision results. Thanks for tip on featherweight for better control on y seams. I shall try it!
You always tell great stories about your quilts. I need to try to tell my stories better, I suppose.
It interested me that you resized the quilt to meet your needs and then made further changes due to your son's growth. That is why I love our hobby so much. We make every quilt design/pattern our own. I often adapt to fit my stash.
You have a lot of projects in your cue. I’m happy to see Anders quilt come up again. Each of your creations are striking. Your color combinations are far and away more striking than most people can continually sustain. I’m sure some is I ate talent but I bet a lot of color theory education comes into play.
Hey Cheeky...nice to be back blogging and to hear from you. I know this is silly because I have my own problems BUT what about your husband? Is he in a high risk category? I worry about him and your family. Is your son home from college? Are you "sheltering in Place"? What precautions are you taking?
I have been following you regularly as I signed up for your blog on email so I never miss it. Ilove seeing what you are making and your plans for future projects.
I am curious at the name of the son's quilt. Is there an explanation? thank you! Enjoy your blog,
Hi, Donna. Hope you'll see this reply on the blog -- I tried to respond to you privately but your comment came through as "No Reply Blogger." The story behind the name of this quilt is in this earlier post: http://cheekycognoscenti.blogspot.com/2019/06/beware-ishmaelites-moda-modern-building.html. Thanks for stopping by!
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