do.Good Stitches, August 2013

As part of the INSPIRE circle, I make up two quilt blocks a month, and mail them to a group member who takes all our finished blocks and makes them into a lovely quilt.

This month the blocks were a beautiful paper-pieced star, which I have to confess made me a little bit nervous, since I’ve never paper pieced before. Turns out I love it!

This is the first block I made:
August INSPIRE block #1
I’m proud of it. The background fabric is the handwriting print from Architextures, and I have to say, I fell in love with it while I was making this block.

This is the second block:
August INSPIRE block #2
I’m not as fond of this one: the blues and purples are too close in value to give the kind of inner pop that the yellow does in the first block. And the background is a pearl bracelets in almost-white, which works, but it turns out I’m not as much of a fan of that print (which I usually love) in such a low-volume context. Live and learn!

I’ve also been working on a quilt for a friend’s new baby, (I’ve got a few months of lead time there, though) and have two finished quilts that I have to photograph before I mail them off to their expectant mother. Those two are on a serious deadline.

What have you been working on?

Author: Alisa

I sew and bead to fundraise for charity. I have two spinning wheels and three sewing machines, and more knitting needles than I probably really need.

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