Friday, April 18, 2014

Loyal Union Sampler Block D-3 Everett’s Oratory

Everett’s Oratory is pieced per the directions on page 37 and templates on page 111.

 D-3 Everett's Oratory

D-3 Jen Jen – “Sparkler” Fat Stack, a beautiful blend of Purple, Blue and Green Kona Solids

Jen says:  All these itty bitty pieces and y-seams!!  I chose to English Paper Piece my block by hand.  To do this, I copied my templates onto card stock.  Whether you’re doing this block by hand or by machine, you’ll need to create templates.  I had great satisfaction when this block was done.  One thing I’ve learned with English Paper Piecing is that the bulk of the fabric itself takes up way more space than one could ever imagine. Even though I can pin that center seam and it looks like everything is going to work out, once I remove that card stock the center always seems to have shifted just a bit. One day, I’ll figure out how to perfect this! In the mean time, I know when I’m better off just leaving it or when it should be re-done. In this case, since it’s not different colors meeting in the middle I opted to leave it alone.  Having a darker solid fabric in this instance was a real life saver!  The light diamonds in the corners draw your eye away from the center.

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