Saturday, 31 January 2015

RSC 15 Week 5: Goodbye Blue!

If you're looking for my Grow Your Blog post, click here.

Each month Angela at Soscrappy gives a different colour for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. January's colour is blue.

Last week I reported here how my card trick block was too big.

I've remade it using the method Angela showed and it is the right size.

Card Trick

Both times I cut up pre-cut 5" squares to make this block, and had just enough fabric. Last week the seam allowances were the main problem: I couldn't keep to a straight ¼" because the bulk at the corners of the centre unit was both pushing the foot sideways and was preventing the fabric from moving on. This time, when I got to the bulky part, I raised the back of the foot by putting a small piece of plastic between the foot and the fabric and so keeping the foot horizontal. The patchwork foot doesn't like having to go uphill! I could of course have used the walking foot, but I didn't think of that!

I have also pressed these seams open, something I otherwise never do, in order to spread the bulk somewhat, and keep the block flatter, and easier to quilt.

Vertical seams pressed open
I bought more blue on neutral small print to make the sawtooth star and for the alternate block. Unfortunately, the "blue" turned out to be black when I got it home! So the sawtooth star will have to wait.

I'm looking forward to going on to pink.

not many pink scraps
but some FQs and "nearly" FQs
 I'm linking up with Angela at Soscrappy the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Happy sewing



Scrappy quilter said...

Your card trick is wonder. I can't wait to get started with my pinks.

Linda M @ Pieceful Kingdom said...

I really like the dark background and light "cards" on your block. Very nice!

Kathy's A Quilter said...

Good looking Card Trick and nice tutorial for managing those lumpy bumpy seams. Those are some exciting looking pinks.

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Marly! I really like your block! The printed fabrics are lovely... blue is my favourite colour! :) x

Alycia said...

Ohhh Pretty Pinks!

Cathy said...

I didn't make a card trick but if I had I'm sure I would have had the same experience even with a walking foot. I probably would have gotten home and found black too. Looking forward to pink.

quiltedfabricart said...

Good tip about the plastic, would never have thought of that. I am blessed to have a machine with a built in walking foot. Absolutely love it :-)

barbara woods said...

Following you now

Quiltdivajulie said...

I, too, am looking forward to the pinks . . . love the blues, but I'm ready.

Your card trick block is beautiful!

Nell's Quilts said...

Good to get that Card Tricks block done for the RSC. Love the reverse effect you've got going there.

Judy@Quilt Paradigm said...

Your card trick block looks great! It is one I have had on my list since I started quilting. . . and still have not made!!

I do all of my piecing with my walking foot now - the jumping around over bulky seams was making me crazy!

Sheila said...

Love your card trick blocks.
Yah for a month of playing with pink scraps !

Deb A said...

Great re-do. I finally got mine done this week too - onto pink. Lots of pretty ones you get to play with this month.