I received two packages last week – one from the U.S.A. and the other from the Esther in the Netherlands. I said her blocks deserved a post of their own and here’s why –
I can’t imagine me executing something this perfect – sorry ladies!
Esther from ipatchandquilt not only made these beautiful foundation pieced blocks but she also designed the patterns. You can see some of them on her blog here as well as some stunning quilting designs.
I am humbled by all this gorgeousness dropping through my letterbox. I have done some foundation piecing in the past – perhaps it’s time to give it another go.
After all, having told Kate, one of the organisers of the swap, that I was never, in a million years, going to bother cutting piddling little scant 2 inch squares and faff about with interfacing, look what I did.
I liked the block Kate sent me using this method so much that I decided to give it a try after all. I used very thin fusible interfacing – as it was what I had to hand in a large enough square, and although it was a pain to mark up, it makes for a block that is not at all stiff. I think, if I am to continue in the postage stamp style, I will mark up a grid on some muslin and use it as a template underneath the interfacing as suggested in the tutorial. Also, I might try cutting a plastic template for the scant 2 inch square you need to cut the fabric.
I’m hooked – my matching is never this good using any other method 😉
and in case you’re missing the kittens
I’ve got somebody coming round to see – and maybe reserve – them later on. I might hide the biggest one – he’s so gorgeous and bound to be the first to go. No, No! I must be strong.