Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Quilt Square for Fiona

Hooray! I've completed another square for Fiona's Friendship Quilt project, and this month's square actually went to Fiona herself. I loved creating this one for Fiona! I wanted her square to not only represent her love of sewing, but also to represent the way she has inspired so many of our blog friends to come back to fabric.


I had played around with paper piecing when I made the cat block for Beverly in March, and I knew from past experience that if I wanted pieces this small in my final block (finished size is 6.5" square) that it would have to be done by paper piecing. {You can watch this video for an idea of how paper piecing is done.}


I started by drawing a 3.5" shape and mapping out where I wanted the spool to land inside that square. Then I made copies of my drawing, cut it apart and started sewing. {Don't you just love my fluffy pink pencil? Carrie gave that to me years ago and I use it only in my craft room. Love it!}


Of course. Whiskers Jay is always on the scene while I'm sewing. Always.



I'll admit that this block took a bit of trial and error, but once I got the hang of using my own pattern (ha!) it all came together. The duplicate square that I made to keep for myself was my first try and...well...let's just say that these spools got better with practice.

The tan fabric on the spools of thread came from my mom's scraps.





Ah ~ I love this friendship quilt project so much! I have very mixed feelings about the fact that the months are ticking by and this project is drawing to an end - only four months left. But you can bet I already have other ideas to keep me busy when this project is done.

You can see the rest of the squares I've made so far by clicking here.

11 comments:

Karen said...

when i see all these lovely quilt squares I do have a pang of regret that I didn't join in but it only lasts for a second and then reality kicks in!

scrappyjacky said...

I love how bright and happy this one looks.

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

I love it (as you already know) and it's cool to see and read about the process behind the block. Love this post :o)

Lin Chao said...

Love your cat, so cute and so comfortable..

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the design and pretty colors. It's tiring work indeed! I've never quilted but maybe one of these days! Hugs, Diane

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Great post, the pattern of spools is so appropriate for our lovely Fiona!! I was interested to see the detail of how you made the pattern of the spool...very clever :-)
Hugs, LLJ xx

Sian said...

It's beautiful.

I'm thinking once this swap is over maybe a crochet granny square one might work?

Alison said...

I started reading this thinking it was Sian's blog and having seen your block on IG was quite amazed at how similar Sian's was...it was only when I saw WJ that I realised I had lost the lot again!!..lovely square, Deb!
Alison xx

Susan ~ Southern Fascinations said...

So pretty, Deb! I can only imagine the time and love that went into just this one square!

alexa said...

This is so fresh and pretty - like lots of your lovely fabric work... my square to you is done and late and I am putting it in the post as soon as I can. Humble apologies - your organisational skills put me to shame.

Gail said...

You did a great job on that Deb!

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