June 27, 2013

And Sew On...May Block

Okay, so I'm a little behind with these blocks. Good thing no one is keeping score!

I finally finished the May block. These are designed by Kristy at Quiet Play. This one scared me a little, which is probably why I put off making it for so long. Some of those pieces are tiny! And there are a lot of them!

In order to keep everything straight, I had to label my paper pieces before I started sewing. That made it much easier to put all the right fabrics in the right places. This small section has 12 pieces, many of which are much, much smaller than the seam allowances.
As usually happens with paper piecing, it actually came together very easily. I think I only picked out two seams, both times because the pieces I used were too small for the space they were supposed to cover (neither of which were those tiny, tiny spaces).

When I finished the block, I put it next to the April block, only to discover a minor error.  It doesn't show up well in the picture, but the muslin I used for the background of the May block is not the same as the muslin I used for the background of the April block. It's a little rougher looking and a little darker. Oops.
At least this quilt is only for me. I'll have to make a point of using both in other blocks so that one doesn't stand out as different  from all the others.

The July block will be released in only 4 days, and I still have the June block to tackle...I don't know if that will happen before we leave for our trip. I have at least one pair of hole-in-the-knee pants that need to become shorts before we pull out and I'd like to baste one more batch of blue hexagons. We'll see what happens over the next few days.

I'm linking up again today: Needle and Thread Thursday and Random Thursday.
Can I get a Whoop Whoop
Paper Piecing Party
Finish it Friday


  1. that block is awesome! so many teeny tiny pieces! I agree- you can just use both background fabrics throughout the quilt and it will look great! Thank you so much for linking up at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  2. Fantastic work on the block! Especially with the fiddly bits! And i totally agree as well, if you just use both muslin's from now on it'll be fine!

  3. Didn't know Kristy offered these patterns. I think you did a fantastic job piecing them together. I label my papers as well as it helps tremendously. I recently pieced one of her Lego character guys/gals. I did Batman. I turned it into a pillow for my 5 yr old son. It was fun!

  4. I love these blocks. Every time I see them they make me smile. I've only paper pieced that one time and I took out a LOT of seams for fabric sizing issues. :)

  5. I agree, and such a cute block! Love the notes on the back. I think I will use that.

  6. Love your blocks! Great post :).

  7. That's such a cool block - I love it!

  8. This is so cute! I'm looking forward to trying paper piecing, it looks like a lot of fun.

  9. Well done for tackling it - even if it did cause you a bit of worry initially! I think you did a great job on it!

    Maybe when you put the blocks together, you can sash it, so the different backgrounds aren't quite as obvious? (I wouldn't have noticed if you hadn't mentioned it! :) )

  10. Those blocks look fantastic - well done! I might have to give them a go too :)

  11. Well done with that block, Leanne. It looks great!

  12. Haha, I'm 2 months behind myself! On the list this week, hopefully.

  13. I love your block! It looks great! Paper piecing is one of my favorite things to do.

  14. Leanne, that is such a cool block! I really admire people who do paper piecing! Whoop whoop!!


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