Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tuesdays tricks and treats

While letting the design wall marinate(a phrase borrowed from Gari) I decided to catch up on bloggy reading.  I landed at  Donna's Lavender Nest, she has such a cute blog and online fabric shop with the cutest fabrics.  Anyway...I was meandering around her blog and found this tutorial and free templates for a Circle upon a Circle quilt, also known as Glorified nine patch.  Donna's block is so Cute!
It's get out of the "Comfort Zone Time"!  I've done curved piecing in purses and a jumper years ago, but never in a block.
Well what the heck, lets give it a try and do a test block using some of the teal scraps.   Printing the templates out on freezer paper and fusing to the fabric make cutting them out much easier.
 Added in some vintage print and scraps for the center.  Curved piecing should be as easy as pie!  Right?
 All you need to do is have an OCD for Paranoid pinning.  Wouldn't want a slip up, that would make for a yukky block.
Drive slow with the sharp pointy object in hand.  LOOKING GOOD!
By the looks of the wings flapping in the breeze on this quilt block I'm pretty sure its going to fly right into the trash can.  What did I do wrong!?  It's wonky like a tumbler block.  Perhaps it's the  cheap white fabric used for the background.
So lets try this one more time.  Referencing to my library of quilty books and found a TRICK that was very helpful.  Mark your templates with dots that you transfer to the fabric.  DUH!  just like when you make cloths.  It was a smack in the forehead moment.  
Here's my beauty, using Kona white, which I think made the biggest difference in how it lays.  Curved piecing is now mastered!
Before the other block fly's into the trash  I'll see if replacing the background with  Kona white will fix it. 
Almost forgot to mention the another treat!  Donna's also doing a block sampler quilt along with tutorials.  Block three comes out today, so there's plenty of time to join in!
Hop on over and give her some quilty love, she's having a book give-away!  I knew that would get you hopping!  And there's more tricks and treats still to come! Just hop on over to Free Motion By the River for Linky Tuesday. for tutorials and eye candy!

~Lea Anne~

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  1. Looks like you have it mastered now!! Great block! Thanks for sharing.
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  2. Hah mastered it now! I see you are on a teal streak.

  3. Love your block LeaAnn. It turned out great.

  4. I was watching our craft show the other day and they had a plastic template for making the curved piece for this block, was tempted but did not buy, now seeing yours I must have a go so will check out your link, yours has worked beautifully

  5. Great quilt block. I have only made a quick version of this using a specialty ruler. The traditional template work makes it so much more special. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat


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