Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Beginning American Beauty Block 10

Before I even start with the pictures of this block (which will look awesome when it is done, I think), I need to warn you about the pictures. They were taken with my new iPhone camera which I am still practicing how best to use it and I was also experimenting with whether or not my desk at work would work with the iPhone as a camera since it doesn't use the flash so much. For the record, I don't think so. The overhead lights still reflect too much. Tomorrow I'll try something else, but I may be very shortly back to my black computer case as the background most of the time.

On to the block. This thing has a million pieces (okay, really only 49, but doesn't that sound like a lot??????), and it took me an hour and a half to press the fabric, traced the templates and cut it out. (Well, I did cut a few things for another project too, so maybe it was only an hour and 15 minutes.) And we all know how I feel about cutting.  On to the pictures:

There are actually 4 of step one, but the other two pieces were shadowed pretty badly, so I cut them out of the pictures.

In this step, I forgot to show you what it looked like with only one of the sides sewed on. Sorry. Anyway, these all got sewed in a clockwise rotation. Very interesting.

This little Friendship Star is about 5 1/2 inches unfinished. It is cute.

Next I sewed the above chisel shapes and then turned them into rectangles in the next step, shown below.

All this and I actually saw a student today. Very productive. Hopefully tomorrow I will finish this block off. That should be fun!