Monday, October 21, 2013

Block Of The Year???

Vintage Valentine by Verna Mosquera of The Vintage Spool
I've never made one of these really fancy, schmancy, highly detailed applique "Block Of The Month" patterns before.....but now I get it.  I really, truly understand why they assume you'll need a month to do each block.  I'm even considering calling mine a "Block Of The Year."  That way if it takes me 2 or 3 months to do each block I can still feel good about myself for getting more than 1 block done per year!  It's a logical way to boost self confidence and keep my motivation going, right?

Even with all of the tedious and time consuming steps of prepping a bazillion applique pieces I still love it.  Every minute of it.  There's something very soothing and calming about tracing and cutting and ironing and then seeing it come to life piece by piece.

And there may have even been a few squeals and happy dance moves once I had the first block haphazardly laid out on my ironing mat.  It's just so pink and green and feminine and flowery and sugary sweet!!!

Now, I FINALLY get to move onto the sewing part.  Yippee!!!

Happy Sewing,

P.S.  I'm using the Spray Starch and Freezer paper applique technique.  You can find a great tutorial right here.

P.S. #2  The pattern is The Vintage Valentine by Verna Mosquera of The Vintage Spool.  You can find it here.


Grandma said...

Oh Baxter and Emma, I would have loved to hear you squeal and see you dance after your mommy had worked on her "block of the year". you both would have looked so cute dancing!!!!!

Mary Miller said...

I have always felt this way about the process of making a quilt; it is a lot like the coming and going of each season. At the beginning of each season, I am so happy to see it again. I'm energized by it. Then, as the season comes to an end, I'm ready to say goodbye to it and welcome in the next season.
I love getting new fabric, washing it, and starching it and ironing it, but then I get tired of that part. But it's OK! Because then it's time to cut it. I LOVE cutting fabric, until I'm tired of that too. But that's OK! Because, then it is time to piece, and then it is time to sew the blocks together, and then it is time to quilt. Every "season" is part of this process that I love so much!
I didn't mean to get quite so philosophical, but I think you understand. :) <3