piecing. You can see just how much I adore it in my 100-Days of sfD Improv and 100-Days of sfDMinis projects.
foundation paper piecing (FPP), then have I got the project for you!
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any FPP required. Plus, Love Patchwork and Quilting is hosting a fun quilt-a-long (QAL) this month and
today just happens to be my stop on the #gingerbreadqal hop!
In case you’re worried about working with tiny pieces, Gracey
has worked out all the math so you can tiny piece your way to a fun holiday
my Mint Block:
TIPS FOR PIECING SUCCESS
sure you’re piecing with an accurate 1/4“ seam allowance (or, in my case,
a scant 1/4“
SA) to make sure everything fits together.
will go a long way to quilty success.
is, until I started joining the units together. I always pin where seams meet
up so that I can get the best results possible. Sometimes even with pinning
it’s a miss, but, hey, at least you’ve tried 😉
you, but it’s often a reality that a mistake will happen when you piece your
first block sample. I whipped mine out twice. The first because I was being
picky and really wanted my pieces to line up and the second was because I
somehow managed to piece two blocks together incorrectly (even though I had
laid them out on my sewing table first…ugh…how does that even happen?!). So, I
guess, not a necessity, but good to have handy just in case!
colour you think of for the holidays, but I like mixing it up and not going so
traditional. I hope you’ll think outside the box on this one too!
MY SPIN ON THE MINT BLOCK
We already covered that I went half traditional and half modern in my fabric choices with the classic red and white stripe and white paired with a pop of teal.
quilted mugrug and/or possible wall decoration for the holidays. I don’t have
any quilted holiday decorations, so this fits the bill perfectly!
To enhance the shape of the mint, I opted for some straight-line
quilting outlining the sweet treat. It
would have been awesome if I had some teal thread on hand, but alas, I didn’t!
So, white had to suffice.
I toyed with the idea of adding some big stitch hand quilting
detail but hesitated as I was concerned it would take away from the striped pinwheel,
which I think is just SO cute!
To finish her off, I decided on the red sugar stripe
binding, cause it just screams holidays to me! I really liked how it
looked against the Garden Pindot print in Nickel that makes me think of a snow storm. The fact that the gray and white polka dot print was trimmings from my Irish Vortex quilt and already on my sewing table, helped as well! Sometimes the path of least resistance is quite appealing #amiright?! 😜
This also marks my second
time machine binding. I love how quick that technique is, but I need a little
more practice before feeling like I’ve got the hang of it. I’ll be sure to add this
as a continuation to my Quilt Binding series. Here’s Part 1 and
Part 2 in case you missed them.
running through the month of October. Even if you haven’t started yet, you can
still get inspired by all the makers who have participated in the
#gingerbreadqal on Instagram.
from, there’s also the Gingerbread Man, Candy Cane, Grumdrops, Tree Cookie and
get your holiday quilting on 😉
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