The All a Twitter Block of the Month program is brought to you by
The Quilting Company with Hoffman California Fabrics.
I’m writing about the third part of the All A Twitter Block of the Month, a kit available through The Quilting Company. My sister, Angie (Ang) and I are doing this together. She is a beginning quilter; I am experienced. We live a long way from each other. She’s in Texas; I’m in Colorado. But with technology, it’s easy to do this together. To learn more about Ang and I and our block of the month experience, read part one and part two.
I love the All a Twitter fabric from Hoffman Fabrics. The colors are bright and fresh. I’m excited to see how the rest of the parts work together. If you’d like to join us in making this pretty block of the month, the kit from The Quilting Company has all the fabric you need to make the quilt we are making.
This month’s section makes four fussy-cut squares and a whole bunch of Flying Geese units. We made some of those last month so it is mostly about arranging the finished geese in a way that is pleasing.
I constructed the flying geese using the Fast Flying Geese method. There is a video by Jenny Kae Parks on our website to give you some tips for using this technique.
Here we are with block # 3 of the All A Twitter Block of the month. This project is a lot of fun for me. As Lori has mentioned before, we have not lived close to one another for nearly 30 years. We have emailed each other daily during the week, and now technology has given us a chance to sew together on our quilt blocks. This afternoon as we sewed, we texted back and forth – me with questions; Lori with guidance and suggestions. It wasn’t as fun as being in the same room – but it was close.
When we were kids, Lori was a better student than I was and our parents were often frustrated with my grades. “Why can’t you be more like your sister?” was something I often heard. One of my problems was that I tended to rush through things and not always get to the correct answer. Fast forward to today. As I began to read the instructions, not three paragraphs in, I panicked – I couldn’t make the numbers work in my head. Perhaps reading all the way through would have helped.
But, I soldiered on . . . the pieces were cut and it was time to sew. While I am a “beginning” quilter, I have actually just returned to the art after a very long hiatus. I’m learning new techniques and discovering new tools, which is great fun. Rulers, rotary cutters, cutting mats are a huge change from the cardboard templates I made as a young expectant mother over 50 years ago. This month two things made cutting and sewing easier. I bought a marker that removes the marks it makes when heat is applied to the fabric. It was particularly helpful when fussy cutting the birds.
And while Lori did better in school, my strong suit has always been organization. So, tiny clothespins are great for holding stacks of pieces together. I also used them while sewing my units together. Besides – I love the bright colors.
To sew the Flying Geese, instead of doing one goose at a time, I marked them all, then sewed, cut, pressed and repeated. It worked like a charm. As I continue to complete projects, I find that my skills are improving and that’s really encouraging.
However, not all went well. That tendency to go too fast got in my way. I failed to check the settings on my sewing machine when I returned from lunch and stitched several Flying Geese with the wrong seam allowance. Because I group things together, I didn’t notice until I had sewn several geese. So, I had to spend some time with the seam ripper. But speaking of tools. I really like this seam ripper that Lori gave me. I used to use a different ripper, but this shape is much better.
I dropped chocolate on my fabric and wouldn’t you know it was on the papyrus batik? I tried to wipe if off and only made the problem worse! Argh! So, I had to cut another piece. Maybe I should take a break instead of eating while sewing?
Then, as I was putting the finished pieces on my design wall, I just didn’t like how I had positioned one of the birds when I cut it. So, back to the cutting mat – Twice! Lori was out in her garden so I couldn’t bother her with questions. But, I did have help. My granddaughter helped find the perfect bird and I really like how my block looks with the right bird.
When I encounter difficulties, I repeat a mantra that I learned several months ago – Quilting is supposed to be fun. And, if I start to make it too difficult, I just grab a piece of chocolate and. . . WAIT! Isn’t this where one of my problems began?
I love this block. I love the birds and the practice making all the Flying Geese was just what I needed. I can’t wait to see what we have in store next month.
I’m excited because Ang is getting more confident. This month there was only one question from her during the construction process. She was sewing while I was still at work.
And so you know, in our family, we call deep-fried triangles of bread dough dog ears. They are yummy dusted with cinnamon and sugar or with honey drizzled over them.
We did another text message exchange later in the week when I was home sewing.
Now we have the third block done and we are waiting for the next package.
Join in on the fun
Sew along with us while this block of the month is available on the Quilting Company website.
And I found another quilt made with the All a Twitter fabric. Check out the quilt kit for Aviary.
That made me think how fun it would be to have one quilt ON the bed and another at the foot of the bed… then I found the backing fabric for the Aviary quilt and I think it would make a great valance or curtains for that pretty bedroom.
What a pretty bedroom that would be. I know Bake (my husband) gets a little crazy when I start thinking like this. It frequently means we have to redecorate a room, including paint. Maybe I won’t tell him for a while. I’ll wait until my quilt is closer to done.
But now, until next time,