My friend E. roped me into—I mean, inspired me to join her for a quilting block of the month challenge. We started in June, and we’re both doing different foundation paper pieced blocks each month.
Foundation piecing is one of my favorite techniques, in part because it’s very hard to mess up. You just sew along the lines that are already printed on the pattern.
I’m using Carol Doak’s book, 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars, which I found on our Guild’s treasure table many moons ago. I think Carol Doak is a genius in the design department. I got super excited about this project when she pointed out that you could mix and match the different sections and create your own new stars.
It may be heresy to say I'm not crazy about her fabric choices, but oh well, different strokes for different folks. In case you agree color-wise, don't let that stop you: it's a great book!
I also love using up my stash! I’m on a “no shopping” spree, and I already have enough fabrics for this project (no surprise to anyone who knows me.)
Anyway, this is June’s block, which came together pretty quickly.
Due to various back problems, and my penchant for fussy cutting the center pieces, I barely managed to finish July’s block at 8:44 p.m. on July 31st.
Thanks to physical therapy and a great book called Treat Your Own Back by Robin McKenzie, I’m almost done with the August block: one more seam to sew and press, and I’ll post a pic!