I am thrilled to tell you that this block is Easy Peazy! Compared to the first 4 months, you can sew this one with your eyes closed (almost)! Also, these will finish at 9” instead of 12” like the previous months.
I decided to go less scrappy with these blocks, and I really like the way they turned out.
There is no need for special information on this one, but I wanted to remind you of a basic lesson from Pressing 101: press each segment to opposite sides to make your seams sandwich perfectly.
These are my blocks:
Next month: No curves, but no walk in the park, either. Have fun!
Okay, everyone, another block with small curved piecing. On this block, I did not cut the straight edges of the curved template (T16, T16 rev.) ½” larger because there are no straight edges on the T17 template. It seemed easier to line up the edges and go slowly.
If I didn’t tell you before, I will tell you now that it is easier to piece curves with the concave curve on the bottom and the convex curve on top.
To make it easier to piece each section, Press the press the T16/T17/T16 units toward T16 rev./T17 rev./T16 rev. outside of block. units toward center of block:
Unfortunately, there will be sections where eight corners meet and there is very little you can do to decrease the thickness. Definitely press these seams open, and unless you are hand quilting, be sure your quilter (either yourself or a long arm quilter) is aware of these seams. Strong needles have been known to break on these kinds of seams.
Here are my Fairhaven Blocks:
I don’t know about you, But I thought these first four months were pretty tough. Good news, next month’s block is a snap!
Watch this space for Ann’s construction of her Australian Sampler. We’ll get it posted the week of May 16, 2016. If you’ve purchased the kit, or if you just want to give it a go with your own choice of fabrics, you should check out these photos for help and inspiration.
By the way, this photo is of the color wall that Ann put together in order to choose her fabrics for the sampler. Ann knows color, that’s for sure.
Here’s the pattern for the quilt–Patchwork Sampler–which you can get by clicking here.
Patchwork Sampler pattern–NOT made with aboriginals. Wait until you see the difference.
We’ve been wanting to do a Quilt Along for awhile, and we love Jen Kingwell designs, so this was a perfect match. This will be the first quilt along we’ve done, so please be patient with us.
This will be a fairly relaxed QAL (quilt along). I will be posting about every two weeks about my experience and suggestions in constructing the center block, borders and finishing work. Like every other project I tackle, there will be a lot of improvisation and throwing the printed instructions out the window. You’ll find that I love to make beautiful quilts and I’m willing to try just about anything to make it work. When I run into a technique I’m not sure about, I give it a try. If it doesn’t work for me, I find an easier way to accomplish the task. I’ll be sharing those tips with you.
How it works. We’ll publish a series of posts detailing each step in the process. You can quilt along with us, ask questions, and share your techniques and advice with others. You can follow along at our speed or go at your own pace as posts will remain on this blog even after the quilt along has been completed.
Schedule of Posts
October 17th — Ann’s Overview and General Observations on the pattern, including Fabric and Color Selection.
October 31 — Constructing the center section including templates, piecing triangles, applique of circles, and more.
November 14 –Border one.
Ann is still working on the pattern, so there will be additional posts for the other borders, etc.
Purchasing the Pattern
We have plenty of patterns available in our store. You can shop online by clicking here
I’ve started a Flickr group so that we can all share our progress, and if you use Instagram, you can use the tag #midnightheartsong.
So, are you anxious to join us in making this amazing quilt? We would love to have you join us!