OK, OK, I’m 5 days late for my self-imposed deadline for this selfish sewing post.
And now that I have that minor guilt trip out of the way, here is the latest offering for the Hatbox Quilt.
It’s a more modern fabric design than many of the others, but I felt the need for some splashy bright freshness after the more conventional prints used on most of the other blocks so far. And I love this one! So I think you can expect to see some more in the same vein.
So, that’s the first 10 blocks done. If we’re going to get particular (and you know I will), I’ve done 27% of the blocks I need. It’s a whole heap easier than the first one by now, and if you’re interested, here are some of the things I’ve learned along the way:
- Make good quality templates. They take a beating. Mark the straight grain and centre of each piece if you want patterns to line up.
- Starch your fabric. Really starch it. Starch the hell out of it. You want a finish as crispy as paper for drawing round your templates on, and to make cutting out easier, and minimising fraying.
- Use tear-away stabiliser, it stops stitch channelling dead in its tracks. It’s worth every penny of the cost.
- Baste through the appliqué pieces, the background and the stabiliser, with the tear grain running North-South, which makes tearing it out much easier with this particular design.
- Use extra long basting threads, and leave the tails trailing, don’t cut them off. Use them again and again, once you’ve pulled them out. I’m still using the same threads from Block 3.
- Trim out the background fabric from behind the appliqué pieces once you’ve torn away the stabiliser. A bit less bulk will be easier to quilt. I left a ¼ inch from each seam at the back.
- And that Y seam where the three background fabrics meet? Yup, I’m still turning out perfect seams, even though they get cut away at the end. Obsessive, moi?
There’s a bunch of us doing our selfish sewing as part of Bee, Myself and I, and if you’d like to see what they’re up to, scroll down till you see the bee button in the left side bar, and click through.