So June's color is Blue. Navy or Med Blue is suggested. My scrappy sprout blocks had been partially constructed prior to the announcement of the color. So there is a bit of lighter blue in some of the sprouts. The contrast is good.
I may have posted these previously! This is what could happen if your 5 yo great grandson wants to watch you fix the strap on his reading pillow and bumps into the design board you hastily laid aside, but not "UP"!
I made a couple more Bow tie blocks, then went back and checked my graph paper layout cheat sheet! I only need 6 Blue blocks and I would like them to be a mixture of blues. So 3 dark/med blue will be good.
I have been working on Tiny Tuesday Blues. The Grandmothers Fan block gave me the blues! Or maybe a better description would be "the jitters". I procrastinated, and procrastinated! I happily made the 2nd Tiny Tuesday block for June from Cynthia's cute and well written tutorial. I'ts the one on the right and as of now, does not have a name. I'm calling mine Town Square, until Cynthia picks a name officially!
I searched the internet for hints on paper piecing with freezer paper. A long time ago that method was taught at a retreat and this is the finished product. So I know I can "Do It". But I had forgotten the fine points!
I was able to find a link to a free guide here. Thank you Rebecca!! So I happily printed the document and set about paper piecing the tiny blue fan! When it came time to trim the fan arc, I again experienced the "jitters"! Slow and steady, Judy. You can do this! I took Angela's advice and cut an oversize block to appliqued the fan to. Then I worried about turning under the edges. So I ironed the shape onto the back of the block and cut the shape including seam allowance. The seam allowance was generous, maybe 3/8 ".
Have you ever used the spray starch method for turning under edges for applique? I remember seeing a friend and experienced quilter do it a few years ago. So I sprayed some starch in an extra laundry detergent cap, found a small soft bristled paint brush, turned on the iron and set to it! You basically paint the starch on the seam allowance and press it over the pattern edge. Sometimes a stylus works to keep your fingers out of the way.
Then I did the same for the small background piece that will be appliqued on top of the narrow part of the fan blades.
It is done! A tiny bit wonky, but I am basically pleased. See the photo above, next to the Town Square block.
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