A few weeks ago Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl requested some quilt blocks for 2 very deserving kids. I was happy to oblige and this weekend I set to work.
This first one is yet another paper-pieced block. I've been making a lot of these lately, but I'm happy to say that things finally clicked in my brain. Not only am I no longer intimidated by paper piecing, I now consider it to be within my comfort zone. Who knew, right?
This next one proved to be more than I bargained for. I had a few leftover 60-degree triangles from my Triangles on Parade quilt so I figured it would be easy to use one for a sailboat. If only it were that simple.
I'd wanted something to break up the triangle center, something to resemble a mast. The easy thing would have been to appliqué it on, but I just wasn't feeling it. This block may look like it's paper-pieced but it's completely free-formed and improvised, a technique that I'm definitely not comfortable with. There was a lot of trial and error involved, enough that I almost ran out of my background fabric which is why there are some extra seams. If I were to make another one, I'd probably look for a pattern, but I'm still happy that I stretched a bit outside of my comfort zone for an afternoon.