I have pieced my blocks for the FTLOS swap cushion. I am rather pleased with the way it looks. I actually think it looks better pieced than it did in my mind's eye when I thought up this idea.
The best bit about sewing the DPs was that when I did my bee blocks back in September I got proficient at doing DP curves using just three pins to hold the two pieces of fabric together. At the same time someone (I think it might have been Cindy) put out a call for help sewing these little buggers. Leanne, from She Can Quilt, came to the rescue with this tutorial.
I read it at the time and then moved on because my blocks were already done. This week I remembered it. And I didn't go back and watch it. I just sewed my blocks knowing that if Leanne said you could do it with no pins then it had to be so. Lord love us, she is right!
I'm not going to show you how I did it, just a couple of photos to prove I did, because Leanne does the teaching better than I could. If you have any doubts about being able to sew curves then I highly recommend you go and have a listen and read of Leanne.
|Start, keeping the needle in the down position if helps.
|Sew to the middle, or just past if you have HSTs involved like me.
|Turn and sew the other end, meeting the stitching in the middle.
Bob's Your Uncle, easy peasy.
The blocks go together super quick when you don't have to faff about with pins. I love doing it this way. Before I knew it I had my cushion cover pieced.
And now I am auditioning perle cottons. I've had to order a couple. (Yeah, twist my rubber arm!)
Hope you are having a good half term too, or just a good normal Thursday if you are not sat listening to the howls of laughter coming from the bedroom that you cleaned for the arrival of your best friend tomorrow - and those girls of mine just better pray that they haven't trashed the place or they will see their mother do an interesting impression of a mad woman!