Block 28, "Stitching Fashion", had me doing intricate, figurative paper piecing for the first time. It didn't come out perfect (I printed it too small, so I had to add some background, and the waist of the skirt and the bodice don't quite line up), but I'm very pleased with the end result.
|28 Stitching Fashion|
For block 27, "Sewing Machine", I decided not to hand appliqué. Instead I tried something new. I used machine applique with the stitch for hemming. At least I think that's what it's used for. It's the one where your machine makes 4 or 5 little straight stitches, followed by one to the side (like a single zigzag). The end result is a bit like feston- or blanket-stitch.
|27 Sewing Machine|
Finally I made my first ever Dresden plate. Like for block 28 and 27, I'd printed my templates too small, but since it's appliqué, I decided it didn't really matter and made it anyway. I used the same stitch to applique it to the background and then trimmed the thing off center! So I added a trim all around to center the motive. I also went for a simple Dresden, without the antennae in the design. Since I'm new to Dresden plates, AND the whole thing was smaller (so more difficult to sew accurately) than the design, I thought it would be okay to simplify things a bit for myself.
|26 Dreaming of Dresden|
|Blanket stitch applique|
|Another view of my new technique.|
|I may be 7 blocks behind, but look at all those checks for everything I have done!|