Happy New Year to all my friends out in blogland!
I am looking forward to a new year and new challenges. How about you?
I am planning on starting the Ocean Waves QAL very soon.
I hope to talk about supplies and such in my next post.
For today though we will be concentrating on our WIPs.
Over the holiday break I finally got brave enough to tackle the Ring of Coffins block.
It is the last block for the Hallowedding quilt.
It involves EPP, which I have not really done much of.
I understand the concept but have not jumped on the craze yet.
It also involves some paper piecing which I really do enjoy.
I got all my coffins paper pieced and here are a few of my favorites.
I used mostly fabric from the Ghastlies line for the residents of the coffins.
I love Sebastian, which you would probably already know since he is their cat.
I thought this cute little owl needed to be in the quilt. I love that he looks like he is sitting in a tree.
This fabric was sent to my by my friend Jennifer and I was so pleased to be able to use it in the quilt.
I had some help while doing the paper piecing, LOL.
I love that she wants to be near to me but this makes me so nervous.
I was taking a break and when I cam back this was waiting for me. I, of course, had to relocate her.
I got my ring all sewn together and it was awesome!
I didn't use the whip stitch as I don't like that no matter how small my stitches are they show.
Instead I used the ladder stitch.
MUCH happier with this one.
Only one small (or maybe I should say BIG )problem with this now.
The block was supposed to be 15" x 15". Mine will be 21" x 21".
WAHHHHH, how did this happen?
I followed the directions and decreased the size and still it was wrong.
I even emailed the person that put the pattern out there and asked the info and it is still wrong!
I wish when someone uses a pattern and they change the size from the original that they either publish the correct one or
at least put a one inch line and tell the new length of that line so you can get it right!
GAH!!! (deep breath over here,)
I WILL make this work!
So once I recovered from my mistake and realized what I had done,
I had to choose a different background.
The original was only half a yard and now would not be large enough.
I had two contenders for the final ring.
This first one has my favorite CATS!
I really like the stripe too, it is such an unexpected choice.
In the end, I asked the person that the quilt is going to to choose, and she chose the cats.
Here it is all hand appliqued onto the background.
I still need to trim it to the correct size.
Overall I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
The paper piecing took me over 10 hours!!! Good thing I love her so much!!
This is not the best photo, but you can see all the blocks up on my design wall.
I have not put in the filler blocks yet.
Good thing too since now I need to move some things around and will likely need to make a few more blocks to accommodate this new block!
I have a few blocks that need to be put up too but they are all finished.
(hmmm, I guess I need to find those!)
So that takes care of me. What are you up to?
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