Voo-doo dolls and other interesting tid-bits…

Now that I have the majority of the pieces prepped and pinned to a piece of styrofoam sub-floor, I am ready to start building my block on the background.  As you can see I used a lot of pins to hold my pieces in place.


Each time I stuck a pin into the styrofoam, I thought about voo-doo dolls.


(Sometimes its really hard to stay focused!)   According to wikipedia, the most popular stereotype of using a voo-doo doll involves sticking pins into it.  But did you know that there are different emotions and feelings attached to the color of pins that can be used?  I did a bit more research and found out that yellow pins means  money and blue pins mean love!  Check out the color of my pins!

OK…where was I?

I made another copy of the pattern and taped it to the light box.  Then, I placed a background square on the pattern and put a few (yellow!)  pins in it.  Next, I took a water-soluble marker and traced the seam lines on the background.

seam lines traced

This block has lots of pieces so I won’t be gluing all the pieces in place before I start to stitch.  I like to glue a few pieces in place, stitch them, and then glue a few more pieces in place.  So, I will be unpinning  the background square from the pattern, stitching, and then I will be placing it on the pattern again.  I use the traced seam lines as a guide to make sure everything is lined up properly.

It can be a little confusing trying to figure out which pieces go where.  First I start with the stems.


Then I add a few pieces.  I usually start at the outer edge and work inwards.

stems and flowers

stems and flowers 2

So far…so good!

Til next time…