Saturday, December 7, 2013

Circle Time

I'm in a circle craze. I've been interested in sewing curves for a while now. This month the guild's challenge is an inset circle block. It is our first challenge, and I was excited to try it out. I'd used freezer paper before, but only for appliqué. The method for this one is so much easier. I'm happy with the way my block turned out. It makes curved piecing look so easy!


You can find the tutorial here.

A friend then told me about the Porthole block by Lucie Summers. I'd never heard of her so decided to look her up. One of the best photos I found was of her Porthole Quilt, amazing is all I can say! I decided to give her method a try as well. This one is more of an appliqué, and the finished product is much thicker than a normal block, which makes it interesting.
I thought it would be fun to use some made fabric for the center of the Porthole. It was very quick and easy. No fussing with freezer paper and spray starch, but ends up with an entirely different look.

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On another note, I have to mention that I've finally finished a sweater. Started this one last winter, and only had the button bands to finish. Now that the weather is getting colder, thought it was time. The pattern is Washington Square. I'm loving it!

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