QuiltCon Block Entry
I recently finished up my block for the QuiltCon block entry. I wanted to show you how I went about drafting my modern, organic block. Keep in mind, one of the rules was that the block could not be appliqued. Oh man, that would have been SOOOO much easier. Instead, I created a paper pieced ring, and traditional “curve pieced” background and center.
First up, I had to draft the design (above). The block is 12 1/2″ x 17 1/2″. I made register dot marks, as in dress making, so I would know where to line up my curves after the pieces were chopped apart.
Next up I used basic paper piecing methods to sew little pieces of Bella Solids to this fabric donut. It takes a bit of practice and lots of patience. My block was drafted on freezer paper, so I couldn’t really iron as I went along. The fabric would have been stuck to the waxy side of the paper, which I will ultimately want to remove easily. I just pressed each seam carefully with my fingernail.
This is the fabric I purchased from The Fat Quarter Shop, one of the QuiltCon sponsors who sells pre packaged QuiltCon fabric bundles.
It dawned on me, that although I had the register marks, my block would be WAY more accurate if I just traced the entire template edge around the inner and outer shapes, for a stitching line. Since it was freezer paper, though, I could iron the large background templates to solid white fabric pieces and trace their edges quite easily.
I must have been “in the zone” and forgot to snap pictures of ALL THE PINNING to get those drawn seam lines/curves to line up, when sewing the background fabrics to the paper pieced donut. ((mmmmm…… donuts…..))
Using a drawn line as the stitching guide means not having to be as precise with the seam allowance. This (above) is the big-ole-sloppy-joe seam allowance before I trimmed the block. And the “after” pic is below. –>
Next up: A quick bath in Best Press.
And then the finished block design, pucker free:
And now, the big question, which is posed over on the QuiltCon Challenge info page: “Do these fabrics read as the color(s) of the QuiltCon logo?”
Well, I don’t know if I can totally say “does it look like the logo” BUT I know for sure, it totally looks like the O:
And that, mi amigos, is my first entry for the QuiltCon Block Challenge.