October 31, 2011

Bella with Child: Test Block

I did it!


Bella with Child, by Shannon LaCount, as pictured without seam allowance
(Designed in EQ7, paper pieced)

I think it's only fair that I review my own pattern....

I used these fabrics:


The brown for the hair worked well.  The skin tone fabric works.  I like that the purple fabric coordinates with the grey for the sweatshirt.  I should have used a darker grey, though.  There isn't enough contrast--the fabrics in the picture are actually darker than the block finished.  The hand gets lost a bit, too, and would stand out more with a darker gray fabric for the sweatshirt.

The block pieced with only one issue.  There is one area that I would need to fix before making it available.  I fixed it while sewing, but some people might not be able to do it.  Noted by the "HERE".  It's too hard to explain....  I printed my pattern as one whole block and not into separate units.  I cut the sections apart.  The lower sections with the hand and belly weren't a lot of fun because they're small, especially in a 6" block.  I only had to resew one section that I didn't match up well.  Using the Hera Marker to mark a 1/4" line and matching that line up with the edge of the corresponding section works like a charm!


The finished block was a smidge off--about 1/8".  Typically, I experienced some shrinkage in piecing.  I meant to cut the block 1/4" bigger on all outside edges, but I forgot that plan on one of the sections so I had to revert back the printed 1/4" seam that was included.

Now that I know that the pattern works, I will probably remake the block.

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7 comments:

  1. i like the little flip on her hair - pretty doggone cool, Shannon!

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  2. I'm really impressed with your work. I'm not sure that I'd have the patience to work with so many tiny pieces. Well done!

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  3. That's an amazing block - when I clicked on the image I was sure it would be applique. But paper piecing? Wow!!

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  4. Great block Shannon. I too am blown away with your EQ skills! It is an incredible paper pieced block.

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  5. That's awesome! I cannot WAIT for November 18th!! :)

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  6. Wonderful job! These aren't that easy to design--I'm impressed!

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