Monday, November 27, 2017

Block 11 of the Growing Up QAL

Here it is, the November block for the Growing Up QAL, 

November Growing Up QAL block

designed by my fellow blogger, Alida, of Alida Tweloq Designs.

This also happens to be the last block for the QAL, so now it's on to arranging all of them, and going through Alida's suggested sashing ideas. A lot left to do!

For this month, I went with block 2, as I had difficulty figuring out where to put my three colors, red, white, and blue in block 1. This block design just worked a bit better for three colors.

Notice I was a bit of a messy paper piecer.

November Growing Up QAL messy block part

But once the edges were trimmed, it was pretty again.

November Growing Up QAL clean block part

Unfortunately, I don't have any hints on sewing this one this time. For the curves, I just suggest going slow, don't pull on the fabric, and let the machine do the work. 

Sometimes things end up perfect, and sometimes they don't. In this picture, some points are spot on, others lopped off, and some too long. 

November Growing Up QAL block point check

Maybe if I'd kept the paper on, things would have been different? Can't say I do enough curved paper piecing to know what works. 

As for the layout, I hope to get to it in January, as December is really busy - I'll keep you posted!

Happy Quilting!

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  1. I do curved piecing by hand or machine and the hand work always turns out the neatest for me

  2. Hi Susan,
    I think your block looks fabulous. No one needs to see it that close, and from a distance the points all look spot on! I have not tried curved paper piecing, and quite honestly I don't see it happening in my near future. I look forward to seeing this block joining the others in the quilt top. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. I turned out nice. Who will know if your points aren't perfect? You are going to have a lovely quilt when you finish. I am looking forward to seeing your layout and finish.

    1. Thanks Pam. I might make a couple more blocks, as there was one I really loved. We'll see how it goes.

  4. I have found taking the paper off works better for me. The less bulk the better in my mind.

    1. Yep, did that, and maybe the SA got pulled too much in one direction to throw off the points. Just need practice!

  5. Hi Susan, your block looks really nice in your colours!


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