Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Making Swiss Cheese ... and More Hand-pieced Sunflower Blocks

Unless you've used templates for making pieced blocks or carefully cut pieces for appliqué, you've never experienced the fun of turning perfectly good fabric into something that looks  a lot like Swiss cheese.

Swiss Cheese Fabric

As soon as you find yourself cutting things piece by piece, the temptation to choose what part of the fabric you use is too great.  When you're done fussy-cutting those pieces, you're left with fabric that is only good for  . . .  more fussy cutting :-)

July #3Here's what became of my fussy cut leaf triangles from the black and white print.

Since picking up the hand-pieced quilt-along blocks I put down almost three years ago,  I've made pretty good progress. This block was the July block of the month.  I'm making three blocks from each pattern.  Below are the (untrimmed) blocks I've made since picking up the project a couple weeks ago, from May through August.

First eight blocks made in 2013 

September is the lost month–I never received that pattern, but didn't notice it was missing three years ago–so, after I've made a couple more August blocks, I plan to skip it and jump into the Fall months while I work on designing a pattern and templates.  I did find a photo of the September block on Bonnie's blog ... I like this one a lot, so I'll probably attempt to reproduce it  rather than design my own variation on these sunflowers.

I'm sharing this work in progress on Esther Aliu's WOW list and WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.


Corina said...

What a lovely project!

Ria said...

I like your quilt. It's verry beautiful.
Greetings Ria

Little Island Quilting said...

Fantastic colours...and I see what you mean about Swiss cheese!

Anonymous said...

I have lots of those pieces! LOL I turn them into bits and pieces blocks that have wonky angles and look great all set together. Love your blocks you've been hand piecing. The leaves were perfect!

Anonymous said...

Great quilt and fabulous colors!

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