|First Quadrant of my First Ever Paper-Pieced Block!|
|Auditioning Fabrics with my Nativity Figures|
I made four copies of the 1/4 unit that makes up the block, using special paper for foundation piecing (also already in my stash) that is supposed to be thin, strong, and resist transferring printer ink onto my ironing board. I planned out my fabric placement with my sons' colored pencils, selecting colors as close as possible to my fabrics to get an accurate sense of how the finished block would turn out. I wrote the color names of each fabric on the corresponding section of the paper foundations, lined up my pre-cut rectangles in numerical order, and sat down at my machine for some very weird upside-down sewing with my fabrics completely hidden by a piece of PAPER that I was sewing through. This gave me ANXIETY, and I probably held my breath while I was sewing each seam. However, I followed the instructions, kept the faith, and when I was finished I ended up with what appears to be a correctly sewn quarter of my star block. (Note: my camera was crooked; the block is actually perfectly square). Yippee!
I've got some gifts to wrap up for shipping and homework to supervise this afternoon, and my boys are singing in our church's Christmas concert this evening -- Lars even has a solo -- so I'm not sure whether I'll have a chance to work on the remaining three quadrants of my star today. I only have a vague idea of what the rest of the table runner will look like, but at least I've made a start.
Happy Second Sunday of Advent to all of my Christian friends and family, and Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends!
By the way, I'm linking up to SewCalGal's Quilter's Christmas Party today. If you have a moment, please pop over to join the fun, see what holiday projects other quilters have been working on, and learn how you can help make a difference by supporting Operation Homefront.