Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Craftsy Block of the Month 2012 - Replacement for September

September is supposed to be curved piecing, so I bought the Drunkard's Path templates and waited ... and waited. Finally it arrived, and I cut out the pieces. It was my first time cutting curved corners, so it did take a little bit of practice, but pretty soon I was cutting the drunkard's paths very nicely. I finally started piecing them, and that's when things fell apart. I first tried pinning & piecing. That was a disaster. Even when I finally managed to finish, it was pulled and stretched completely beyond recognition. I then tried the Curve Master foot that people raved about. It didn't even fit onto my Pfaff properly, I could not get it to go on nicely without making a horrible noise and the foot kept wanting to fall off. Instructions said "screw in", but there was no hole to screw it into! I finally tried attaching it to my Brother machine which was a snap-on, and that worked, but I still could not piece curves with it. All the demonstrations I saw on Youtube made it look so easy. It wasn't easy for me, after pretty much going through all of my cut pieces (16 pairs) and trying various ways to get it to work, I finally threw in the towel. I cannot piece curves, at least not right now.

It's really, really hard for me to admit that I can't do something, but I can't do this block right now. So I've found 2 replacement blocks for September, so that I still end up with 20 blocks. At the end of the day, it's my quilt, I can technically make it whatever I want. If I think curved piecing is so not fun ... then I don't have to do it, right?

My first replacement block is called the Bento Box Quilt Block. I found it randomly while searching for easy 12.5" blocks. I love the name! It's basically 4 mini blocks pieced log-cabin style. I completed it, and it was quite fun, and for the first time ever probably my seams lined up really, really well, and the finished block for once did not come out undersized at all.

The second block I decided to do is another foundation paper piecing block, since out of the 10 months of techniques, that rocketed to the top of the list as my favorite technique. I decided to do a Celtic Knot.

Now I'm ready to put the entire top together!

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