I had such fun choosing the colours to make this block! We are all making a friendship block for Michele, a member of my sewing group, and she asked for blue, green, turquoise, aqua and jacaranda tones and – most importantly for her – lime green. She supplied us all with the black fabric and even gave a few of us – those sadly lacking in lime green (like me) – bits of green to play with. Luckily for Michele, I have recently been building up a collection of lovely rich blues for a project I have in mind, so I had lots of fabrics to choose from. The jacaranda trees are also blooming right out the front of my house, so I had no difficulty identifying exactly what a jacaranda shade of purple is.
The pattern is from a tutorial on Very Kerry Berry’s blog. However, in Michele’s version each paper-pieced section was enlarged to 3½ inches (4 inches with seam allowances) to make it suit a quilt rather than a cushion, so we needed scraps that were at least 4½-inch squares. As always with foundation paper piecing, starting with extra fabric and trimming it back is the way to go, I think.
The tutorial is wonderfully clear. The only thing I did differently was that after I had trimmed the sections to the correct size and torn away the foundation paper, I ironed the black pieces alternately ‘in’ and ‘out’ before sewing them together; I felt doing so helped the pieces lock together better, avoided bulk in the seams and ensured my points came out nice and pointy. I felt confident not following the pattern’s ironing instructions as I could see that it would not affect how Michele later assembled the blocks.
I am really looking forward to seeing all the blocks as they are made and Michele’s finished quilt. I think it is going to be something really lovely, bold and striking.