So it’s finally time to show you my Fan Block! This was a serious trial and error as I wanted my block to look quite different from the Craftsy class one, and so I had to slightly modify the instructions for it to work. These were the templates I created from template plastic and some of my work in progress about a week ago.
At this point, however, I have to say I had a pretty serious mental block. I was frustrated with myself because I couldn’t seem to get the hang of a proper 1/4″ seam. I always ended up with wider seams then I intended, and thus my blocks always ended up smaller than they should. Since this block was full of curved seams, I was worried that my pieces wouldn’t fit if I continued as I had been. And so I put the block aside and stopped working on it… I saw a video of Leah Day on getting past Quilting Ruts yesterday, and it pushed me to give my fan block another go.
So this evening, I practiced over and over again. I measured out 1/4″ and gave myself a guide on my sewing machine, and eventually I got very close. The curved seams weren’t too bad either, I simply used a TON of pins to keep everything in place as I sewed, and it worked out great 🙂
The centre piece was appliqued on using some fusible web, my first experience with a glue-based quilting product. I used “Heat n Bond Lite” which worked very well and easily on my first try. After ironing the centre on, I then machine sewed using the Applique Stitch Pattern on my sewing machine. And so, without any further ado, here is my finished Fan Block!
Have you ever done curved piecing? Did you find it a difficult process? I found it to be quite time consuming, but I have to say, it feels pretty good to have successfully completed the block! This Craftsy 2013 BOM is such a wonderful class. As a true beginner sewer, I love the challenges it forces me to deal with. Already I have learned so much, and I’m excited to get started on my next block! I’m certain my final quilt won’t be perfect, but I can’t wait to put it all together and feel that sense of accomplishment. It’s going to be awesome 🙂