Goodness, it’s been awhile! Hi all! This month is quite a whirlwind over here in Dock land. Whew.
First off, we’re buying a house!!! Yipeeeee! 6 is a crowd in this little bungalow, and sure enough, God’s provided a new exciting provision in the way of a great new/old home with more square footage, a more family-friendly layout, a great local school, and more original hardwood floors than you could shake a stick at! The story of how we came to find it is nothing short of supernatural…will share in a later post, along with pics. Needless to say, we’re excited. Let the re-decorating begin…my Pinterest is out of control with fun ideas.
So there’s that. Huge exciting. Sorting, packing, purging, cleaning….and I love every minute of it.
What else? Well, February’s Sugar Block is out, “North Star”, as well as my favorite ooey gooey flourless chocolate cake recipe. YUM!
I absolutely loved coming up with this block! You’d think I’d have sworn off paper piecing forever after 640 patches in my recent Tilt-A-Whirl (pattern coming soon!), but no, no, no! Paper piecing is my forever bestie. I will never tire of not having to worry about perfectly accurate cutting or seam allowances, just stitching on the lines and getting a perfect block!
But some of you have had trouble, which is totally understandable- paper piecing can be frustrating when you’re just getting used to it, or if it’s just not your slice of cake…that’s the thing about quilting. SO many ways to make beautiful quilts, and they won’t all be your favorite, to be sure. Here are a couple of things that may help though, if this month’s block is making you crazy.
- First and foremost, be sure you’ve watched the October 2012 Craftsy BOM lesson (I know, my email said Dec- my bad). Truly, before I saw someone paper piece on video, I absolutely could not visualize it….”WHA??? I sew on the lines and somehow a block is magically created??? I don’t get it!”…trust me, I’ve been there. This technique cannot be explained in words.
- Faith of Fresh Lemons has a lovely photo tutorial that may help, plus her blog is lovely! Check it out.
- Trouble opening the template link? Try opening with a different browser. The wondrous Interwebs are finnicky sometimes.
PLUS…to offer you even more incentive to get stitching, I’m planning an awesome giveaway in March, and to be eligible, you must have made Jan, Feb, and March’s blocks and posted them in the Flickr group! So quit yer bitchin and get stitchin’! (Ha! Just kidding. I’ve always wanted to say that.)
Gotta run! There’s a fabulous day out there waiting for me to show it who’s boss! :)