April’s Block

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Fun was had by all last night.  My girlfriends and I had a great gab session and we all got new bangs!  I haven’t had bangs in a long time, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for awhile.  It’s going to take some getting use to, but I’m liking it more and more as the day goes on today.

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So this month’s block was a drunkards path.  It was a new technique, sewing curves, but not to difficult when someone shows you how.  As I mentioned last post, Liz is a lot like me and just goes for it…so I did the block the “old school” way, easing the curved piece to the concave piece, while Liz just pinned and trimmed the excess.  After squaring up, both blocks came out to be the same size.  Funny how that works.  Of course I made mine a circle.  No surprise there.  I have this thing for circles [I think] because in science you learn that a lot of things are circles because they think of it as the most perfect shape, yadda, yadda…

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Sarah and I are both working with “stretchy” fabrics from Free Spirit (same as last block), so we starched the heck out of our fabric before sewing.  That worked quite well.  I like Sarah’s random placement in her block.

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My mom was the last to start on her block and the first to finish it.  I think it was because us girls were in one room together and gabbing and cutting bangs, while she was by herself in the other room sewing away.  Makes for a lot faster progress that way.  But because of this she was able to help Sarah figure out button holes on her new machine and pinned Liz’s pants to be hemmed for her.  I like how my moms block has the fabrics “following” each other off the square.

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I like Liz’s block for it’s randomness as well.  She said she just grabbed pieces and sewed.  The one thing we did seam to stick with, however, was the fabrics being opposite each other, i.e. the curved piece is opposite the concave piece; Liz’s navy fabric is a good example of what I’m talking about. 

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They didn’t head out until midnight again, but we had a much more leisurely visit this time, as we started three hours earlier.  We’ll be doing that again next month.  More photos here.  Tutorial tomorrow…

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