Well, I don't know when I have had so much fun sewing. It has been a bit of a dry spell. Fanfare, a pattern by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life has shaken things up a bit around here. Check my previous post for more details on how to order Sherri's pattern.
I delved into my stash of Denyse Schmidt scraps to make a sample block. I had an idea I was going to use some Drunkard's Path templates I had on hand to make the blocks, rather than do appliqué. I am more proficient at curved piecing than I am with appliqué.
I have a six and a half inch unfinished Drunkard's Path template set that I purchased from Bay Creek Quilting Products. I bought what they refer to as the 6" set (6" finished). It was $12.
I cut my wedges with the Simply EZ 30 degree ruler I discussed in my last post. I followed Sherri's directions and cut the wedges 5". What I found is that I preferred cutting the wedges 5 1/2" and trimming them slightly after stitching. It just made a nicer edge for the curved piecing seam.
It's hard to see the transparent wedge template, but it is on the fabric wedges which have been sewn together. You can see where I am just starting to trim the top edge.
I pressed my seams open. Things lie flatter, and it just is nicer. It wasn't a big deal.
Voila, a perfect 6 1/2 inch (unfinished) pieced Drunkard's Path block.
These little guys are SO much fun to make! In fact, I had a hard time stopping.
I had to make sure the first block wasn't a fluke, in all it's perfectness. The second one came out great as well.
But I am not ready to start this project yet....I must finish up Raise the Roof. I am working on the borders and swear nothing will distract me until I finish that project entirely. But Fanfare is on my mind.
Fire update: The fire near us seems to be under control. It was started by a young woman driving under the influence of drugs. She had a flat tire and was driving on her rims, which caused sparks to fly, igniting at least five fires along the road. The fires merged into one big fire, which could have destroyed many homes, out buildings and vegetation. She was tracked down and arrested. Thank goodness for our amazing firefighters who responded quickly and made sure we didn't have a repeat of last year's disastrous inferno.