I was so eager to start with the Sugar Block Club's BOM for February called "North Star". I jumped right in and started cutting. Little did I know that this block would really test my patience. I honestly felt like giving up at times.
The paper piecing part of it, was not hard at all. Matching up those points and straight lines with no guides was a the real frustration. Remarkably the center star block was NOT the issue. It was when trying to add the side pieces of the star that made me want to scream... I used my seam ripper so many times, and in fear that I'm causing too much damage to the fabric I decided to sit back for a few minutes, and just think.
And that's when it hit me - GLUE!!! I will use glue... I was sure as hell not going let this block, or rather my impatience get the better of me. What did I have to loose anyway? I was already making a mess of it, it cant get any worse.
What I did was fold the piece that was going on top of the other's seam allowance over a little bit less than ¼ inch. I checked to see if the lines will meet in a straight line and not have the seams overlap and make the 'star point' look wonky. I then put a few dots of fabric glue on the 'star center block' and placed the other piece on top playing around until I got the lines straight, I had to work a little bit fast as the glue set rather fast. Until I was happy with it I then ironed it to set the glue. I then folded the piece open, and sewn as neatly as I could inside the crease line.
IT WORKED! I was so relieved!
When it came to adding the strip to the center piece, I used pins to secure it, and then only removed the pin at the place where I wanted to add the glue not to have the fabric shift around too much.
|(Left) Snow Blossom - Jan and (Right) North Star - Feb|
I am still considering if I should use the Quilt as You Go method.. Undecided!
Go to The Sugar Block Club @ Stitchery Dickory Dock if you want to join in.
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