A few weekes ago I decided to join a QAL at Springleaf Studios. Each month we create one block. It is actually the same block each month. I didn’t have the right fabric, but I ran into a quilter’s Christmas stash at a second hand market. YAY!
Once I had the fabrics I only had to wait for the instructions on SpringLeaf Studios’ blog!
The Poinsettia block is made up of 16 drunkard’s Path blocks that are trimmed down to create the leaves.
I started with selecting and cutting my fabrics. I starched all of the fabrics at least twice, once on each side. I wanted it stiff.
Anne from Springleaf Studios has written several posts for this Quilt Along. I studied her instructions and took most of them on board. I have made two changes, though. Firstly how to put the Drunkard’s Path blocks together and secondly how to press the seams of the Poinsettia block.
I decided not to use pins for assembling the Drunkard’s Path blocks. I used my Sewline glue stick for this. I had seen this tip somewhere online and thought I had saved the link… well I didn’t and I can’t find it anymore. Oops! I did find something similar at this blog where the glue stick is used for an apple core block.
As you can see in the picture I pressed both pieces of fabric in half, as instructed by Anne of Springleaf Studios. The folds nest very nicely if you press them in the opposite way: so the big piece is folded right sides together, and the small piece is folded wrong sides together.)
I applied the glue on the outer rim of the biggest piece. I then placed the smaller piece of fabric in the centre crease. ( It will look odd, but trust me!) Using the tip of my hot iron I slowly nudged the fabric along the curve. One side at a time. Pay special attention at the end of the block. You want it as straight as possible!
I did try to stay as closely to the edge as I could. No pins necessary!
Than I sewed along the edge. Slowly!
Once in a while the fabric would create a crease in front of the needle.
Lift up the presser foot, nudge the fabric out of the way and continue!
From this moment on, I followed Anne’s instructions on pressing the seams and trimming the blocks.
When it came to assembling the poinsettia block I changed tactics again.
Each of the quarters of the poinsettia is the same in lay out. ( Lay out your blocks like this every time!)
I started with piecing two pieces together: tops and bottoms! I did NOT follow the instructions for opening the seams.
Than I pieced left to right.
Again, I did NOT open up the seams, but I did do this:
See the centre of the unit where the seams “twirl”? I had to remove some stitches to coherse the fabric to behave like this.
Four of these units make the poinsettia block . Each time I “twirled” the corners.
Where ever I could “twirl” the corners, I did.
When I go and make more blocks, they will all nest nicely as the seams are pressed in opposite directions. I just have to pay attention that I know which blocks are going where so I don’t accidentally put two of the same fabrics next to each other. The blocks can be turned though, so I am not too worried!
About 90% of the fabric has been cut and sorted. I only need to grab next months bag and start glueing and sewing!
Maybe I will start on March’s block next week already!
p.s. Linking up with:
Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.
Finish it Up Fridayat Crazy Mom Quilts