This year I’m just starting one Block of the Month, it’s by Sarah Fielke and it’s called Down the Rabbit Hole. It’s a mixture of piecing and applique, so hopefully by the end I will have mastered needleturn applique.
The design is gorgeous, the first block was released on 31st January and it’s taken til now to pluck up the courage to start! Once I started I realised I shouldn’t have worried as Sarah is a brilliant tutor. The pattern is released on line, the instructions are easy to follow but there is also a video tutorial, where she talks us through the whole process, demonstrating each bit, it’s great! The facebook page helps us all to keep motivated by sharing our blocks, seeing different colour schemes, helping each other etc. Sarah also released design sheets so we could try and work out our colour scheme first, mine is all sort greens and purples, based on The Potting Shed range of fabrics by Moda. I’m hoping to pick up a few more greens at the quilt show next weekend in Harrogate.
The quilt is a ‘Medallion’ quilt, so we start at the centre and work outwards. This months’s task was a circle made from forty wedges!!! We made a strip first and then used her wedge template to cut all the wedges. Just as important as cutting accurately is stitching an accurate 1/4″ seam. We were encouraged to double check our seam width first as a tiny discrepancy makes a big difference when it’s multiplied forty times!
We made the wedges up in quarter circles first, so we could check the angle was right. My first one was spot on but my other three needed a bit of fudging with the iron. I was very relieved when I finally stitched it into a complete circle to see it would pretty much lie flat with just a bit of extra pressing (AKA fudging!) in the centre.
My next job is to make some quarter inch bias binding to make stems which radiate out of the circle. Hopefully I’ll finish it before the next month’s pattern is released on 28th February.