Friday, January 4, 2013

Paper Pieced Practice Block - Check

I finished up my practice block for the Lucky Stars BOM this morning and I am quickly remembering that I really like paper piecing!!  I mean, look at those points, what is there not to love about perfect points!!  I opted to alternate the blue and green diamonds hoping it would create a bit of an optical illusion.  It didn't have quite the desired effect I was going for, but I still like it so that's okay.  


This block started by making 4 sets of 2 templates.  It took me a little while to make the first template, I haven't paper pieced a lot and the little I have done was a while ago.  Thanks to Elizabeth's amazing instructions though I caught on and before you knew it was cranking them out assembly line style.


I always love a good trimming pile.  And it is fun to add paper to the mix of trimmings :)


After paper piecing the templates it's time to sew the eighth's into quarters, the quarters into halves, and the halves into a block.  This is where the finesse comes in and honestly, I just love this part.  I just love lining up the seams ever so perfectly and creating nice crisp points!


And before I knew it I was done.  When I was done, I wished I would have changed the center fabric so that I could see the awesome central point better, but I suppose that is all part of the learning process.  Once again, I still like it so I am happy with the overall outcome!!


So now it's onto January's block!!  So excited!!!  I think I will go pick out fabrics now :)

And since I finished it up, I am adding it to Crazy Mom Quilts Linky
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16 comments:

  1. that is a great looking block....may have to try it!

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  2. great job on the block and I like your colour scheme!

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  3. Stunning block! I definitely see what you mean about the perfect points... wow!

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  4. so much pizzaz I love it. I 'm not doing the BOM myself but will be watching to see everyone else's

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  5. Fabulous. I like your choice of the olive green floral.

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  6. Yay for the first block, glad you're falling in love with paper piecing :o)

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  7. Yes! I like your colors:):)

    Can you believe I fudged my first block by doing a stupid move of cutting off the seam allowance at the end--don't ask lol. What matters is that I redid it today and it came out right---a little over 6 1/2",but that is fine by me:)

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  8. Great looking block. Wish my first PP block looked that good, but, I kept at it and now, PP is my favorite way to make a block.

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  9. Great perfect points! I haven't tried paper piecing yet, but it's on my list of things to try. Looking good Melissa!

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  10. Way to go Melissa! You did a wonderful job. I really like your color choices!

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  11. I'd be happy with a whole quilt full of these...it's a lovely block!

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  12. You make it sound easy, going to give it a try tomorrow... Great Block, its pretty., I just love the trimming part.. LOL

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  13. i love the block. it is so different.

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  14. I love your color choices ~ your block turned out lovely!

    I'm doing the BOM too but my silly computer won't let me download the pattern. Have to figure out something quick!

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from each and every one of you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa