Swiss beauty #2 “The apple shot”

The second block of the Swiss Beauty BoM depicts the legend of Wilhelm Tell and his famous apple shot, hence the name of the block.

I relied on the story (the arrows and the apples) in order to select the fabrics for this one. I was afraid that, if I was to use white background, the arrows wouldn’t be visible at all (at least, they wouldn’t have the importance I wanted to give them). So, although risking it being too much, I went for the greys instead.

This was also a tricky block to put together, if one doesn’t like sewing curves. I made a silly cutting mistake when trimming the squares for the apples, so I needed to redo one of them. On the other side, after pinning a lot, sewing the curved part wasn’t as difficult as expected.

Now I only hope that this colour combination works well with the rest of the blocks. That’s one of the downsides of sewing a mystery quilt, but there’s always the possibility to rethink – and resew- the blocks when the whole picture is complete (and as long as there’s enough fabric left, but that’s another matter).

This quilt-along is run by the Modern PatCHquilt, and can be followed on Instagram under  #moderpatCHquilt or/and #swissbeautybom.

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EPP Party #13: Morning star

Finally, the last block for the EppParty. I can’t barely believe this one is finished, after taking me so long to sew it together!

This extra block is huge, 24″x24″, and required lots of hours of work. I was afraid I would run out of some of the prints, so I constructed it row by row, reassessing my initial colour plan with the fabric left. From some of the initial fat quarters what is now left is a tiny scrap of fabric, that wouldn’t make it for one of those triangles!

I tried to tie together all the previous blocks as much as I was able to with the fabric I had, following the theme “A succulents’ garden”, as well as my previous colour combinations. I know I could have gone totally scrappy with this one, but I really liked the idea of a central star-shaped block acting as the focal point for the whole quilt, and giving some coherence to the scrappy blocks around. This process also led to reconsider the finishing of block 6, and some changes to block 7, which are also now finished and waiting for a final good press.

Total block pieces: 132

(The party was hosted by Mister Domestic and Pat Bravo and run on Instagram under the hashtag #EPPparty).

Triangles QAL #11

And another raw-edge appliqué block. There was a hint on the instructions that the next one will feature another technique. Meanwhile, three more units done, appliquéd by hand.

(This QAL is hosted by Zen Chic on Bernina’s Blog; original post for this block in German here, the English version here).

Triangles QAL #10

Another raw-edge appliqué block, that I already shared some days ago on Instagram. No much to say about it: paying lots of attention when cutting the templates and the fusible web, matching thread and blanket stitch sewn by hand.

(This QAL is hosted by Zen Chic on Bernina’s Blog; original post for this block in German here, the English version here).

Triangles QAL #9

It seems this QAL is changing directions and we are no longer paper-piecing the blocks. Instead, two appliqué pieces. For the first one I used the sewing machine, and for the second one, I appliquéd the star by hand, in both cases using a blanket stitch.

(This QAL is hosted by Zen Chic on Bernina’s Blog; original post for this block in German here, the English version here).

Triangles QAL #8

Well, this one wasn’t so easy! After the two previous blocks, the foundation paper-piecing for this one posed more challenge. Nothing that the seam ripper couldn’t cope with, though.

(This QAL is hosted by Zen Chic on Bernina’s Blog; original post for this block in German here, the English version here).

Triangles QAL #6

I sewed these blocks some days ago, but I didn’t have time / light good enough to photograph them. This assignment was really quick; I made them along with the blocks for the 7th part of the QAL (post to come) in a couple of afternoons.

(This QAL is hosted by Zen Chic on Bernina’s Blog; original post for this block in German here, the English version here).

Triangles QAL #5

The 5th assignment on the Bernina Triangle QAL was another foundation paper-pieced block. On this occasion, I decided to leave the paper on until the end of the QAL, just to give some stability to those on-the-bias seams. Not that I’m moving the blocks around a lot, but just in case…

The only problem I had with this one is the direction of the prints; at the end I decided it didn’t matter what direction they took, as in the final layout the triangles will be rotated in different positions. I only hope that it doesn’t end up being a big mess of lines going in different directions!

(This QAL is hosted by Zen Chic on Bernina’s Blog; original post for this block in German here, the English version here).

Triangles QAL #4

A quick and easy block (for those who already know how to work with foundation paper-piecing). I spent more time deciding on the fabric than actually sewing the blocks.

Btw, the schedule of this QAL has been changed and now it’s a two-block per month, instead just one monthly release, quilt-along.

(This QAL is hosted by Zen Chic on Bernina’s Blog; original post for this block in German here, the English version here).