Cotton&Color BoM 2016: December

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The past hints had led me to think there wouldn’t be a block for December in the Cottton & Color‘s BoM, but to my surprise this little jar is the last addition to the quilt.

Now it’s time to put all the blocks together!

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Cotton&Color BoM 2016: November

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This little pincushion seems to be the last block of the Cotton & Color‘s BoM, as it looks like in December we will be piecing the quilt together. An easy paper-pieced block, for which the background fabric was given. I kept the embroidery pretty simple; I do have these kind of pins, although I normally use plastic-headed or flower-headed pins to work with.

Cotton&Color BoM 2016: October

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This month’s block for the Cotton & Colors BoM are, in fact, two blocks. I decided to piece the thread for the bigger spool and play with the fabrics for the little ones. That red was meant to be with this yellow background!

I‘m really curious about how these two “partial” blocks will be included in the final layout…

(And yes, I made a cutting mistake, again… some day I will learn).

Cotton&Color BoM 2016: September

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I hadn’t pictured an idea of the final layout for the Cotton & Colors BoM until I got this month’s pattern. Suddenly, all the references in previous months’ blocks about different rooms in the house made sense. The fact that September’s block has this particular triangular shape should be very indicative.

It was included on the pattern to sew the books in the shelf using selvages. I keep all my selvages, regardless of the collection, and I found this particular one from an old Christmas collection, Christmas fun, by Lynette Anderson. I just love the little chicks. And it states it’s from Lecien, as do most of the fabrics used in this quilt. For the central “book” I went for this particular print, as I do have, and use, a very big dictionary. I liked the idea to picture it in some way.

Let’s see what October’s pattern it’s about!

Cotton&Color BoM 2016: August

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August‘s block from the Cotton & Color BoM depicts a cute little book, reminding those books and magazines into which we look for inspiration and ideas. It was not a difficult block, but… why do it easy, when you can get things complicated?

I was determined to use this specific fabric for the background (this month we were given the fabric for the book cover), for which I had only a piece. I made lots of measurements, and although it didn’t allow for errors, there was enough fabric. Well, from the picture above anyone can tell that I did do a cutting error. The two added lateral strips was all that remained from the original piece! Someday I will really learn to measure twice before cutting.

The ribbon marker is a scrap of bias binding I kept for no particular reason… it had just the right colour and the right dimensions.

Cotton&Color BoM 2016: July

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This month’s block from the Cotton & Color BoM couldn’t be more appropriate for this blog, as it depicts a cup! “Tassa” means, in Catalan, mug or cup (it doesn’t make the difference between them). So I was really pleased when I got the pattern!

As I’m getting more used to paper piecing, the block came together pretty quickly (despite some mistakes in fabric placement -ahem!). I chose for the cup’s main body a fabric that reminds me of an old tea set, and I kept introducing some fabrics from previous blocks to give a sense of a set in the group of blocks already made.

The heart in the tea bag is needle-turn appliquéd… who would have said some months ago!

Cotton&Color BoM 2016: June

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It seems that the blocks from the Cotton & Color‘s BoM like deadlines, because I’m finishing them just on the very end of the month. For June, the pattern depicts a laundry basket full of fabric -washed or to be washed? That’s the question-, and as previous blocks, it’s paper-pieced.

This wasn’t a difficult block to put together; moreover, this time indications were given on how to save background fabric to have enough of it at the end for the borders. I took the chance to search through my (little) scrap bin and to use some fabrics that have already been used in previous blocks. I don’t know the final layout of this quilt, so I like to give common elements to the different blocks to create a link between them.

The washing pictograms are backstitched with DMC embroidery floss n. 844.

There’s a photo gallery with other participants’ blocks here. Looking forward to July’s block!

Cotton&Color BoM 2016: May

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This month’s block for the Cotton & Color‘s BoM was easier than the previous ones, even it was also paper-pieced. The pattern was indeed simpler, and taking into account all the recent paper-piecing in The Splendid Sampler, it came together smoothly. The main difficulty was to play with the directional print given for the background (Mirabelle, by Fig Tree for Moda), and not running out of it in the meanwhile (as happened in February’s block).

The little circle for the central screw was needle-turn appliquéd… another learnt skill from The Splendid Sampler! Three months ago I wouldn’t have even considered the idea! And, following the pattern request, there’s something personal to identify them from all the other pairs.

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The colours were chosen to match one of my pairs of scissors (evidently, I have several…). These little ones were part of a set to teach children to sew, hence the blunt tip, but they really do the job. I find them really helpful to cut threads while chain-piecing or right under the machine’s needle, knowing the tip of the scissors won’t damage anything in the meanwhile (the charm was a gift from one of the activities in the class with Me and My Sisters Designs… and although this particular pair doesn’t need a charm, well, I like to have it on it).

Looking forward to June’s block… we already have a sewing-machine, an iron, a pair of scissors… what next? Thread? My beloved seam-ripper? I’m really curious! Definitely a Mystery quilt is lots of fun!

Cotton&Color BoM 2016: April

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April’s block for the Cotton & Colors BoM depicts the most fundamental element in the sewing room. I think that, in fact, the sewing room is where the sewing machine is located. It doesn’t matter that the sewing projects are scattered around the house depending on what is being worked on, the sewing room is always where the sewing machine stays.

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the shop, they offer curated bundles for the occasion from Lecien, that match this BoM in its two versions (I’m sewing the soft palette one). And my sewing machine has yellow on it. It’s not entirely yellow (fortunately!), but it’s the pop of colour the manufacturer decided to include in this particular model (why?!). So my block must have yellow on it. It couldn’t be otherwise. This yellow print included in the bundle was just perfect: yellow for my sewing machine, the name of the traditional patchwork blocks to remind what my sewing machine is mostly used for. Win-win.

This block is also pieced with paper-foundation. I’m still not comfortable with it, being now the problem the moment when to different sections are to be sewn together. Working on it, though. This is really a good way to learn! At least this time I didn’t run out of background fabric…

Again, just in time to finish it within the month it belongs. Still wondering if there would be a seam-ripper…

Cotton&Color BoM 2016: March

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This little iron is March’ block for the Cotton & Color‘s BoM. As the previous blocks, the pattern called for paper-foundation piecing, and after the last good experience with English-paper piecing, I gave this block a try.

I must admit I’m not as happy as I was with the teapot. Most of the wrinkles appeared after I starched the block once finished (I have been observing that in The Splendid Sampler blocks as well, so I’m reconsidering it), but some are due to a deficient basting. I don’t know if I should use a more rigid paper (I used printer paper 80g/m²) or it’s simply that I made it wrong. For the moment the seam allowances are kept folded behind the block; I took care of giving enough margin when basting the templates so I shouldn’t have any problem when putting the quilt together.

The embroidery detail is backstitched with Anchor floss n. 399.

April almost caught me; as it was hand-sewn I alternated the piecing of this block with the sampler’s blocks and some other projects. I wonder if there would be a seam ripper in this Mystery quilt…