My second August Block Swap block has arrived!!!
Linden has sent me a magnificent block and fantastic quilty card. I LOVE historical quilts and more importantly her block is stunning with 2 gorgeous fabrics.
Thank you for your sweet words in the card, Linden! And don't worry about the sewline pencil - I've used biro on mine when hand piecing (not on anything to give away tho!)! I think I even used it on the front of a needleturn applique! (gulp). I'm sure it'll wash out!
Your points are perfect. It's only mine I have issue with! I honestly don't mind less than perfect piecing since I regard all blocks received as a gift and I don't look a quilt horse in the mouth so I don't want any future swap partners out there to panic!!
In other news:
I've actually been doing some quilty stuff this afternoon! I can't remember the last time I felt well enough! Admittedly I have my first Lizzy Mae class tomorrow at Quilters Bazaar.
I've cut out all my freezer paper bits and washed my fabrics. I learned two things:
1. Small bits of fabric that accidentally end up in the washing maching with FQs fare surprisingly well!
2. When this process is repeated with all remaining small applique pieces the above outcome does not apply to bias strips!!!!
I guess this means I'm making new bias strips before tomorrow! I'm not too upset since I'd prefer brown ones anyway.
I have also traced the applique pattern onto the background fabric (more or less straight - hopefully it will square up OK) with he aid of a large north-facing window and of course micropore tape!