Lucky Stars BOM: March

Now that I’m using tracing paper and following Elizabeth‘s cutting measurements, I’m enjoying more success with paper piecing. I’m very happy with the colour palette I’ve chosen to stick with, the Kona coal background is a nice contrast with the yellows, oranges and reds of the stars.

Lucky Stars BOM

I know it doesn’t look like it but all the backgrounds are the same colours, I just pieced together the photos I had previously taken under different lighting. I think I’ll probably add sashing .  I wish the patterns included more padding to the outside of the block. No doubt some points will go missing when sewn all together.

Quilting: Les Fleurs Bleu

I wasn’t sure what to work on today, I have a number of quilts to be quilted and to be honest, I’ve been procrastinating. I started using my Bernina 550 Qi but quickly became frustrated by the tiny throat space so I put her to bed without dinner and got my Juki TL-2000 Qi off the frame and set her up instead. I completely forgot that you’re supposed to put the needle in sideways! It took me about half an hour to figure everything out again, with the use of the manual.

Bending Pins: Juki TL-2000 Qi

What a joy, look at the room I have have to quilt under that throat, I love it! I’m stitching in the ditch around the flowers, not sure if I’m going to do much more than that because the less quilting you do, the softer the quilt. The more quilting, the stiffer the quilt and I like mine soft.

With luck I’ll be binding this beauty tomorrow.

Yesterday I tried another Michelle Patterns clutch but my interfacing is too stiff and it didn’t turn out the way I wanted. I also worked on my Lucky Stars BOM for February.

Lucky Stars BOM

It’s not perfect but to be honest, I’m not really fond of paper piecing, I find it very awkward and really stiff with the paper. I do like that you can create more intricate designs, certainly designs you wouldn’t be able to make any other way.

Do you like paper piecing? Be honest…

January’s Lucky Star block

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January’s Lucky Star block is a paper pieced block of the month led by Don’t Call Me Betsy. I thought that since I’m in the Simply Solids bee, I’d try another quilting using only solids. I’m not completely happy with my block so I think I’ll try again using a colour palette from Design Seeds or maybe low volume solids.

I need more practice to produce a better paper pieced block! Any tips??