Hello everyone! How have you been? We’ve just finished half term which was lovely but hectic. I enjoyed my peaceful cuppa when I came home from the school run this morning……
I did manage some slow sewing over the past week though and thought I would share some of my processes with you, just in case you’re interested!
I started out by cutting enough pieces for about 4 blocks: choosing fabrics is always the bit that takes me the longest so I like to play with different selections of fabric over a few days until I’m happy with my combinations. Each of the block pieces
Marking up for hand piecing is the bit I’m finding trickiest (read boring!) at the moment! I don’t trust myself to be able to eyeball the seam allowances well enough though so I’m going to keep persevering and am trying to embrace the whole process.
A while ago, I made myself a design board using Lori’s fabulous tutorial and on the reverse side I stuck a sheet of sandpaper (this is a trick that I picked up from the lovely Jen Kingwell: if you lay fabric on the sandpaper it doesn’t shift around whilst your trying to draw the seam allowances on).
My board measures around 9″ x 10.5″ and is the perfect size for holding 6 small pieces at a time. First I mark each of the dots on the template using either a silver gel/
Recently, I made myself a roll-up travel design board (you can find a tutorial here!) so that I can keep a block laid out in the right order whilst on the move too!!!
It did take a while to get my mini project bags all prepped and ready to go but I’m now set for a few weeks of slow sewing! And here are the blocks that I’ve completed so far….two Large Hexagon 1’s and one Small Hexagon 3.
I hope this has been of interest to some you and if you have any other tips to share with me for hand-piecing, I’d really love to hear them!
Today’s sky::: blue skies and cloudy. Could almost feel spring in the air today!