paper piecing, originally uploaded by Shadrach Meshach & Abednego.
Time to get off my fundament and make my block for Jessica. She was so organized and sent out her fabric well before Christmas. I had such good intentions to be speedy in return, but little did I know that so many other Incredible Shrinking Quilters have such mad skillz! They toss off complicated foundation-pieced blocks as simple as I might do a rail fence block! I don't want to let down the side, and polishing my extremely rusty foundation piecing abilities is one of my New Year's Quilting Resolutions, so time to get moving!
This is the start of my practice block. It's Belted Star, from Quilter's Cache. You make four of these, and then join them with a 1" strip that forms a cross. The 9" block will be on point, so that strip will make an X. Actually, I made the four squares already, but didn't realize until they were all done that I had printed two foundation sheets in a bigger size. Silly me, I thought I was just getting better at them, but they were only sized larger and easier to manage! The paper is still on. I'm not sure how easy it will be to remove. I suppose I'll find all that out tonight, when I finish the practice block.
No matter how beautiful this practice block turns out, I'm sure I'll be shaking in my slippers when I go to cut into Jessica's beautiful fabric. I didn't realize how stressful it is to make a block for someone else! Where's the Wizard of Oz? I need some courage!