Making my gray block for the upcoming Newbie Gray/Grey Study was so much fun, and I had so much nice gray fabric left, I had to make another block…just because. I’ll use this one for my July CQJP block. (I’m almost finished with my June block.)
Yes, I know. I’m a little behind.
Earlier this week I got a new crazy quilting book in the mail. It’s J. Marsha Michler’s Motifs for Crazy Quilting.
I LOVE her books! In it she shared one of her techniques for putting a block together. I used her method of hand-basting the patches to the muslin to make my second gray block. On the upside of this method, I was able to sit in my comfy chair most of the time while making it, and I didn’t get the screaming back and neck ache I usually get when I sit at my sewing machine. The only downside was the added length of time it took to make my block. This is a method I’ve wanted to try for a while but never took the time to do it. I’m sure it won’t be the last time I use it. The method sounded tedious, but the illustrations in the book made it look so simple. I think before I piece another block by this hand-basting method I will buy one of those nifty miniature crafting irons and mark that off my wish list. It would really come in handy for pressing all those turned under edges and eliminate the need to get up and go to the ironing board.
Motifs for Crazy Quilting is loaded with really great motif patterns, but the inspiration to try something new alone was worth the price of the book. I think my favorite motifs are the trees, but there is a bit of everything. I would render a guess there is something for every taste. J. Marsha Michler did a nice job of putting this book together. Good for us!
Here is my first hand-pieced crazy block. All in all…I’m happy with it which is always nice.
That’s all for this time…
Until next time…
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)