Believe it or not, I am working pretty steady on this block from Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”. First, I made a flower and some leaves.
And then I did it all over again!
Then came a few more leaves and a stem. (Just between you and me, the leaf on top of the blue handle is supposed to be under the blue handle. Mum’s the word!)
Finally! Some red berries!
Sometimes I trace the pattern onto the background fabric with a Clover wash-out marker. I use this method when it is a simple design, like this one. And by “simple”, I mean it does not have a lot of pieces!
The block I am currently working on is not complicated, there are just a lot(!) of pieces that must line up properly or the whole thing goes bad! So for this block, I am using my light table. Not only is it more accurate, I save tons of time not having to trace the design on the background fabric.
First I tape the pattern onto the light table.
Next, I place a background square on top of the pattern. I always cut my backgrounds a good 2″-3″ bigger to allow for shrinkage. I mark my corners so that I can re-position my block when I remove it from the light box. I like to glue a few pieces on the background fabric, then I stitch the pieces in place, so I do a lot of re-positioning!
This rose was fun! I like to build units off-block when I can. I start with the very “back” layer.
…until I have built a rose!!
And it goes right about here!
Til next time….