Remember this post? Well, the desire to start hand-piecing was strong enough,... this above is Block #1 Nine Patch. It didn't go without a few hiccups along the way. Instead of following the advice provided for making templates and marking fabric. I decided to print my block onto freezer paper, cut out all the shapes, iron them on fabric, trace around templates, etc. . For my second block I think I'll follow instructions :-) and see how it goes.
This is how my work space looked during the process of making block #1. How nice that everything came from my stash :-). No trips to the fabric store,... can't believe myself... LOL! But I'm glad because at this moment I'm trying to downsize a bit my craft items and only getting those crafty goodies that are really needed and/or pertaining to types of needlework that I want to focus on and become good at.
Going back to the aforementioned hiccups, the photo below shows the completed block after my 1st attempt. Things didn't align properly :-(. This bothered me enough to use my seam ripper and try again, after all it was only that corner and not the entire block.
Ended up flipping the piece of fabric to one of the other two seams that weren't finger-pressed and trying again,... this time with a better result. Not perfect but I'm happy with it.
I'm not sure if I'll be doing all the blocks but whichever blocks I choose to do will for sure help me to get my hand-piecing skills going. Perhaps, eventually I could feel confident to tackle a bigger project that I've been wanting to do for a few years now, a hand pieced quilt from the book: The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt. ISBN-13: 978-0896898288.
Until next time!
Notes: All links are non-affiliated. The block pattern and tutorial are created and provided by Wynn at Zakka Art blog as part of an 18 weeks Hand Sew Patchwork sew-along, with inspiration from this Japanese patchwork book./ Stumpwork embroidered flower on 1st picture is from Stumpwork Flowers book by Sashiko Morimoto, ISBN-13: 9781844489459.