One of the stores near me was having a fabric sale last weekend but the catch was the smallest cut was 1/2 yard. Most of the patchwork of the crosses block have 4 distinct parts in them – the 4 in the middle and the 4 that fit in the corners around it (blue in this picture). Then the remaining 2 sets each have 8 pieces to them. The easy part is knowing to look for fabric that has a small print and some sort of distinctive pattern in it, whether it’s paisley, stripes or something that creates a pattern in the middle. One thing I learned from this block after getting stuck on my last effort, is buy fabric from sets that the designer created to go together. These are all from Erin Turner and the line is called Victoria. The fabrics play a lot nicer together than picking out one fabric that I really like and hunting for others to go with it. I need to make some small adjustments on this one to hide the tips on some of them but otherwise it’s ready to sew.
Today’s Splendid Sampler block has a lot of pieces to it and it’s also traditional patchwork so I thought I would lay it out in EQ7 to see which would be easier – follow the directions or paper piece this one. After all, there are 45 pieces in that block; there’s a lot that could go wrong!
I drew it out in EQ7; I didn’t really need to color it in but I did. I don’t usually scan in fabrics but instead just use proxies that they supply.
After looking at the suggested paper piecing steps vs. following the directions…I think I’ll just follow the directions on this one. I did at least save the block after drawing it out though!