Happy Memorial Day (Observed), Dear Friends! I hope you have had a blessed and reflective weekend.
I managed to finish the first block of Plain & Fancy BOM quilt (top left block)!
It is a large block. And I am quite pleased with it.
I posted about constructing the block center before I left for Market here.
I worked on the parallelogram units after I returned from Market.
Thought #1. In trimming off the excess when making the parallelogram units, I found that the excess triangles can be sewn together and trim to measure 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ HST units. I am making these HST units as I construct the quilt even though I don’t quite know what I will do with them yet.
I am curious to know if you have any ideas on what to do with these 1.5″ HST units. I imagine I will have quite a few of these when I am finished with the quilt top.
Thought #2. In sewing the parallelogram units together for the block framing pieces, I made sure the diagonal seams match up before pinning.
That little bit of effort resulted in very “happily situated” seams when the parallelogram units are sewn together!
Thought #3. When sewing the parallelogram unit and the block corner units, I marked with Frixion pen where the seams will meet, and matched up the seams before pinning and sewing.
See how the points all came together?
So this concludes my notes on constructing the first Plain & Fancy block. While it is not a particularly difficult block to construct, I did like using the block to fine tune my piecing skill.
I doubt I will have time between now and the last of the month to work on the sashing blocks. But I will move on to making my 2nd block as time permits.
Have you signed up to be a Plain & Fancy quilter – click here to see if your local quilt shops are participating.
I found out that Fons and Porter is also running the program in their online shop in case your local quilt shops aren’t participating. Click here to access the order information.
Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends! I hope you have a wonderful week. This is Miss Baby’s last week of school. I can’t believe our little Miss Baby has just about completed her first year of formal education. I am getting a little weepy thinking about that…