Jen says: I learned from making Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler that I personally do not have the patience to sew teeny tiny 45 degree diamonds for a 6” block by machine along with the teeny tiny y-seams. I’m more willing to do this in a 12” block! On the other hand, I LOVE to English Paper Piece so even though I knew it would take me much longer, I opted to cut all of the templates out of card stock, baste my fabric to them and hand piece my block together (if you’re machine piecing, you still need to trace and cut out the templates). I know this method isn’t for everyone but it yields me perfect blocks every time. For me, I think the few blocks in this sampler that have these teeny tiny diamonds, it’s a worth while adventure if you give yourself enough time and don’t leave them until the very end.
Stephanie – Downton Abbey
Stephanie says: Holy Y-Seams! I mentioned in my first block post that this is the first sampler that I’ve done. Well here’s another first, Y-seams. Super intimidating from the amount of fellow quilters that I hear complain about them. And, with good reason!! They’re tricky to line up and get to lay flat. I learned about Y-seams from an old blog post by Fresh Lemon Quilts that came up in a Google search. With a little faith and a lot of chocolate (it was Valentine’s Day when I pieced this block) I conquered Y-seams and you can too! It may not look perfect when you’re done but Jen assures me it looks fine when they’re all put together!
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