So the first block is #41- Granny
I love the use of large pieces of fabric in this block. I also thought it would be a great use of directional fabrics. Since the fabrics in this quilt is leftover from Sarah's quilt and her quilt had no directional fabric restrictions, I have quite a few of these fabrics.
After seeing a completed QAL block that the larger pieces were not pieced, I really liked that idea. With further review of a couple of "non-pieced" blocks I noticed that they were appliqued. This was quite exciting for me as I have been wanting to try some new appluque tricks I had learned.
Here are most of the items I used to make this block.
First I cut my triangle. For this I just cut out the triange, adding 1/4" seam allowance, from the diagram off the cd. Then I prepared my applique piece.
NEW TRICK #1- Using 3 layers of freezer paper as the applique shape. Pressing 3 layers on top of each othe makes a nice, stiff pattern piece. I then had the plastic side of the freezer paper pattern piece to press to my fabric. It worked wonders!
TRICK #2- Next I used a paint brush to apply starch to both sides of the applique piece. Then pressed it over with the iron.
The pressed it in place.
Next I removed the paper, pried apart the pieced I had used Elmer on, then cut the green in the corner and pressed the seams open. I wanted to press the seams open so that it didn't look appliqued.
Finished one quarter.
Here is the finished block. I am very pleased.
Now for #45-Jenny
This one was far less exciting but no less loved. I did stumbled a bit before reading the tutorial. I put the center triangles together and then tried to add the outside but then I had Y seams to deal with. The tutorial I go to the outside parallelogram and triangle first, making it a triangle. Then you put the four triangles together. Note to self read the tutorial first, much easier.
Here are all of the blocks so far.