This year I’m sewing along with Amy Gibson from Stitchery Dickory Dock. A bunch of other talented seamsters and I have joined up to make a quilt using Craftsy’s 2012 Block of the Month class. Here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.
To keep myself honest and balanced when it comes to both my quilting and my garment sewing endeavors, without letting on consume the other, I’ve been making it my goal to complete one of Craftsy’s 2012 Block of the Month class video lessons on quilting (the class is free, by the way, if anyone else is feeling a bit of the creative quilting bug) in between each garment sewing project. This goal is a bit different than the typical one-lesson-a-week goals that I make for other Craftsy classes, but there’s more of a feeling of accomplishment after each class since I have two new blocks to show for it, and each lesson feels more or less independent from the others, which means I don’t need to string classes in close succession in order to get the most from the class. I finished June’s blocks after I finished my peplum, and then I finished July’s blocks after my ombre shingle dress.
In the June class we learned how to make modern nine-patch blocks. The first one we made was a Greek cross block…
…and then we made an octagon block.
In July we moved on to Dresden plate blocks. I stalled for a bit here because I wasn’t sure whether I should buy one of those plastic quilting templates or just make do with the paper ones that come with the class. In the end I decided to just buy one since I found one for $6 that came with one of those little wooden point turners, something I figured would be good to have in my everyday sewing arsenal anyway. I also figured it would ensure all of my pieces really did fit together into a circle. Everything came together like clockwork for my traditional Dresden block…
…but then my modern Dresden wheel block did not want to lay in a flat circle whatsoever. So, there goes my whole theory that a template would actually help to prevent human error! I ultimately kept taking it back to the sewing machine until it finally behaved. You can see that whereas all of my petals in the first block radiate nicely from the center, most of the petals in this one skew off to the side a bit. I kind of like its wonkiness though since it feels to me like it’s in motion, so it’s all good!
Only three more months to go before I’m piecing together this quilt! I better get moving on my next garment (a set of Avocado hoodies, if you were curious) since I’m also trying to keep pace with Erin of SeamstressErin, and she’s already completed August’s blocks! Beautifully Sewn also just happens to have recently finished the May blocks!