I was a huge fan of Xfiles during high school and university, so when I saw the announcement in November about this new quilt-along at FandomInStitches, I marked my calendar for the first block release on January 6th.
Trust No One block has many pieces, but was very easy to assemble. I decided to use neutral scraps for the letters and I really like the effect! I'm using a near solid black fabric that gives more depth than I think a solid black would. I didn't match up the "S" very well, but I forgot to check the alignment when piecing, and didn't check until I was adding the long strips to the top and bottom.
I wasn't sure whether to wait until later to hand embroider this block, or jump right in! I decided to use a silver grey 40 wt Isacord thread and the free motion foot. In retrospect, I should have used a fusible interfacing to stabilize the fabric as there is a bit of puckering around the eyes. Overall it is a great block and I am so happy with it :)
I started a second Quilt along this month too, the Sunbonnet Sue and Sam Around the World with Marian at Seams to be Sew.
I took some time to cut and adhere all the pieces for the first Sunbonnet Sue block, Brazilian Sue. I'm using a solid black background fabric for these blocks, and all of the tiny scraps I've been hoarding beside my sewing machine. It's so much fun to see these little bits all in one block. I still have to decide on threads to stitch this down, but I'm sure to find what I need on the shelf!
I've got lots of sewing to get finished to prepare for craft shows the next two weekends, so I won't likely get the next set of blocks started until February. I hope time flies!
Linking up to WIP Wednesday, and Let's Bee Social.
While the snow and cold temperatures keep you inside, why not work on projects for this year's fair? The full listing is available to download now!
This month's block used paper piecing technique, one that all three of us were familiar with and happy to assemble!
My favourite customer, Ashley asked me to make a quilt from her daughter's baby clothes. I have previously made her quilts for her sisiter-in-law, her boys and she won a school quilt!
August's quilting technique was English Paper Piecing (EPP), a method I was skeptical to try at first.
As I work through the Starry Night QAL, I am learning many new sewing techniques. This month I was pleased to try fabric weaving - especially as it could be done while camping sans sewing machine or p…