Week 2 of Lori Holt’s Granny’s Garden Sew-A-Long has come and gone and I am so happy with the results. These blocks are adorable and somewhat challenging. Lori certainly has the talent for creating designs that are cute but not over-the-top sappy.
When I prepared for this sew-a-long I decided to use the freezer paper method to turn my seams and I found myself having a bit of trouble creating nice, perfectly smooth rounded seams. I tried my best and even added some extra work by finger pressing the fabrics first before pressing them with an iron. I even used a pair of tweezers to hold the fabric in place as I sewed on the pieces, and still there are times when a tiny little corner would inappropriately pop up on what’s supposed to be a circle.
Maybe that’s just part of my learning curve, or maybe that’s a problem that inherent to the freezer paper method. Either way, those pesky little corners are something that I’m really going to focus on improving as the sew-a-long continues.
I’ll also admit to cheating a bit. Some of the leaves and petals throughout a number of blocks are supposed to be pieced so there are multiple fabrics on the same leaf or petal. I’m warning you in advance that I’m skipping that step. The leaves in the first block are supposed to be split between two fabrics, and I’ve decided to skip that step largely because the other green fabric I’m using doesn’t really match well with this green when they’re placed side by side. I would rather have the large over-sized leaves that look cohesive with the whole block.
Looking forward to updating you next Friday for week 3 of the Granny’s Garden Sew-A-Long for blocks 9 through 12.