This part of December is decidedly busy, with shopping, preparing things for the holidays, and making gifts. But I have found a pleasant "oasis" amid all of this hurriedness ... making some Patchique blocks, along with Amanda, The Patchsmith.
It is Patchique' Week 5 (already!)~
Block #10: a patchwork block
|Block 10 from book, page 41. Kauri kawari hana ( means Kasuri flower variation)|
This is my Kasuri flower variation block:
My block went together pretty smoothly.
|Block 10 Kasuri kawari hana by Susie's Sunroom|
|Block #110 , page 98 Matsu guruma (means Pine wheel)|
Also, I had not planned on any striped material in my basket of fabrics for this quilt. Luckily, there was a taupe and red striped Moda fabric in my fabric stash for making the flower petals!
Naturally, I read Amanda's blog first, to see how she approached making the flower petals.
I decided to cut my striped fabric in strips , 2 1/2 inches wide, on the bias (Yay for me trying this!) , for a length of 5 inches. Then I sewed these bias strips together, and cut the flower petal shape out around the template, like Amanda did. (I just LOVE Amanda's helpful tips and the way she constructs blocks with piecing!! That's why her mug rug patterns are so popular.... she makes it easy to make beautiful patchwork and applique' mug rugs, using patterns that she expertly designs!!)
|Block #110 Pine wheel by Susie's Sunroom|
I blanket stitched around each piece of the applique, by machine. And sewed my little 1 1/4 inch yoyo on to the center of the flower.
I like the way my block turned out! And my first yoyo was fun to make!!
Here are my completed blocks so far:
Block #110 turned out to be my favorite block so far! I can see making a pillow , featuring this block...
This experience is exactly why I am attempting to make the blocks from this book. I will find little gems of patterns that I would've completely overlooked if doing them on my own! (Yes, there will be some blocks that don't turn out very well.... I accept that as part of the learning curve.)
Thank you, Amanda, for starting your fun (and educational) Patchique' Quilt Project Sew Along.... I love working on several blocks a month from this book, alongside you!