Monday, October 27, 2014

First Block Finished for Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM

This week is the week you've been waiting for! Jacquelynne Steves is releasing instructions today for the first block in the Sew Sweet Simplicity Block of the Month #SewSweetSimplicity.

She's having several bloggers construct the blocks so you can see what a difference fabric selection makes in finishing the blocks. Here's my take on Block #1:

I chose to leave the center without applique or embroidery because when it's time to piece the blocks together and quilt it, I want to do some nice free motion quilting in the center of the blocks. They make such a great focal point.

Plus, I was having a hard time deciding what I wanted to applique or embroider in the blocks. I'm a very visual person, so once all the blocks are complete, I'm confident I'll know what to include as my focal points. At least, I hope so!

The fabric I used is from the Soho Chic collection by Moda with a Kona Snow for the background.

Quilting Tip:  Jacquelynne's instructions say to press the seams open, rather than to the side. This is a little more time consuming, but results in a block that lays flat with no worries about which direction your seams are going when you sew the sections together.  As a longarm quilter, I usually don't like seams that are pressed flat. If I need to stitch in the ditch, the density of the longarm stitches can cut right through those threads that are essentially 'exposed' when the seams are pressed open. However, with this design, I don't forsee having to do any ditch work, so it's not a problem for me!

You can visit these other quilters to see how their blocks are turning out:

This was a fun block to construct and I look forward to seeing what everyone else is making. If you post pictures of your blocks, be sure to use #SewSweetSimplicity so we can all see them!


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  1. Oh I can't wait to see your quilting! How fun! Thanks for adding all the bloggers in the hop. ;-)

  2. Hi Barb, nice to meet you and everyone! I'm looking forward to seeing your quilting. Love your block & fabric choices.

  3. Your block is great! I am just returning from a retreat and hope to be playing with mine this week!

  4. Very nice. Printed off the driections yesterday.

    1. Glad you're going to make this quilt! Can't wait to see your block.

  5. Great fabrics! It looks beautiful!

  6. Hi! This is another Barb from Garden Path Quilts! I can't wait to see the quilting that you will be doing in the center of the blocks! Have fun!

  7. Wow! I love it! How big is the block? I can't tell.

  8. Love the pattern! Very pretty. :)

  9. Nice job. It will be interesting to see your FMQ work :)

  10. I have really enjoyed going around to the different blogs and seeing the fabric choices...just love yours!

  11. Such sweet fabrics - that open center could feature some great quilting! Darling.


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