Monday, June 17, 2013

1991 block

I was planning to spend the day sewing a dress for myself.  Instead I helped daughter to figure out how to make shorts.  Of course, she wants the "waist band" to be 5.5" below her waist line.  Her older sister went through this phase.  Of course, I couldn't find that pattern.  But I did remember the experience so I just drafted something on tissue paper, cut it out with some icky double knit fabric then made all the adjustments to create a new pattern.

I decided to reward my good deed with some quilting.

I made some flying geese using the tutorial at this link.  I liked the technique and the math... but mine didn't come out with perfect points.

I decided that since I would be trimming the final block down to size after the applique was done, I didn't do the flying geese all the way down the side...that will give me some wiggle room.

I prepped the block for back basting applique by tracing the reverse version of the picture on the back side of my block with pencil using a "light box" (aka dining room window).

There's a tutorial on this technique on the top right bar on this blog if you aren't familiar with how to do it.

It took some digging around to get fabrics that I'm happy with.  The pica fabric was hardest, but did find something suitable (in the sea-shell applique box in case you were wondering.)  There's some good variety of purples in the 5" batik friendship square stash.   I have a big stack of green batik fat quarters that I bought with a leaf themed quilt in mind.  I can probably spare a few of them.  Hot pinks are neutrals in my stash, so the hardest part of the pick was how dark or light to go.

I love it when a plan comes together.


Nanna said...

great job on drafting a pattern for the shorts, I was in a quilting mood yesterday too, got 6 scrappy blocks made lol!

Janine said...

Your daughter sounds like mine! She buys dresses and wants them altered ie shortened, the waist higher/lower, a different neckline...

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love those flying geese!