June 2017

This month saw the second of our foundation piecing demonstrations. It covered circular designs using arcs. These can be pieced as a whole circle and inset into a background fabric to make a square block, or pieced in four sections with the background pieced to each section before joining to form a circular design in a square. With the examples demonstrated, a circle is appliqued to the centre of the block to finish. Double circles are also possible to piece using this method. These blocks are best stitched by machine and the larger they are the easier they are to join as circles.

Circular design pieced as four units

Quarter circles, stitch four units for a circle, applique the centre separately

Double circle with 9 points, fiddly to work as as sections

Back of block
Front of block
There was a lot activity from the members, works in progress included;

Completed foundation blocks as a result of last month's demonstration

Foundation piecing

A selection of hexagon designs, some of them quite small
Quilt as you go for the Sampler quilt

Quilt as you go, without backing fabric, for sampler quilt

Inset piecing for a friend who was having trouble with it

Embroidery design being worked with beads instead of thread

And last but not least, a finished bag from our last half day workshop. This one was made up using 5 inch squares cut from a particular range of fabric. It is large enough to use as a weekend bag.

Charm square bag