/ Thursday 7 January 2010 /

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!
test blocks
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!


{ Monica } on: 7 January 2010 at 10:29 said...

Your skills don't look rusty from here.

If you used regular copy paper and have trouble removing it, you can lightly mist the paper with a water bottle.

{ Lee D } on: 7 January 2010 at 10:58 said...

best of luck. I have heard of quilter using the pages from old telephone books.

{ Dee } on: 7 January 2010 at 12:20 said...

Oohhh...I like this! I did something similar with a strip down the middle for my snowflake mini quilt!

Using tracing paper is much easier than copy paper and setting your stitch length at the shortest helps perforate the paper better.

Isn't it amazing how scary this is? lol I'm still worried I used too much blue, but Jessica said she likes it...so off in the mail it goes!

Great job!, can't wait to see the finished block!

{ Rach } on: 7 January 2010 at 17:31 said...

I think it looks fantastic! No need to worry! And yep, I have good luck picking the paper out when you use a short stitch length. I use my seam ripper to get into those tiny corners to get the paper out.

{ Jennifer } on: 7 January 2010 at 18:36 said...

you mean jessica?!

also, looks good. and sucks that you have to frog those other two blocks. ughghghghgh.

{ wishes, true and kind } on: 13 January 2010 at 01:29 said...

Terrified? I'm paralyzed! I love what you are doing, though! Now I'd better come up with something -- quick!


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