The first thing I did last Saturday after setting up my basement sewing area was to work on the 1st Grandmother's Choice block. Barbara Brackman reveals a block each Saturday and I am setting a personal goal of having my block done by the following week.
Here's my first block. It felt good to get back to working on kaleidoscope blocks and I am mostly pleased with this first one. I know that some will be better than others and that's OK. That's the way it rolls with sampler blocks. This one has 2 rather large pieces and those are always hardest to work with.
I thought I'd show you how I will wirk through these blocks. I start by drawing a full scale template of the block. Then I trace each piece onto template plastic and add seam allowances.
I start picking fabrics from the center out. For this block I cut 3 different centers before I settled on one. You can see markings on one of the plastic templates. That is how I position the plastic on the fabric to trace the edge of the shape. Each piece is cut out individually.
Here are the 5 fabrics that are represented in this block. You would never think to put these together in a quilt, would you? But they worked for this.
Oh it's good to be doing this again. But, I said that already didn't I?