Another week of the Granny’s Garden Sew-A-Long has come and gone and here are my blocks 9-12. I certainly learned a bit about the intricacies of applique, that’s for sure! Those tight curves on the heart shaped petals and the small 4-petal flowers sure kicked my butt! I didn’t seem to matter how many times I pressed seams or stitched and restitched the fabrics onto their backgrounds with the aid of tweezers, I could not get smooth curves in my designs!
Those little unintended corners are most noticeable on the dark blue petals of Block 10. I’m sure those mistakes are exaggerated a bit by a combination of the color contrast and the print pattern of the blue fabric, but I’m still pooped that the fabric got the better of me.
I had mentioned in last week’s update that I would be cheating every now and then on the block patterns. Well I cheated again this week on Block 11 this week too. Instead of creating an eight petaled flower with alternating fabrics in the petals, I chose to create a single, homogeneous flower. I decided to do this because I wanted to show off the print on the fabrics. There are a number of other blocks that I’ll do the same with because those blocks use other fabrics with large, floral patterns and I don’t want to disturb those prints.
I’ve also been getting feedback and suggestions on Instagram about how easy interfacing is to use on the large, white background circles. I know that my circles look wonky in the pictures as the pressed seams don’t perfectly hold, but I assure you that those seams will be repressed before I applique the blocks onto their background fabrics when I finish the quilt.
I look forward to updating next Friday for week 4 of the Granny’s Garden Sew-A-Long with blocks 13-16!