Monday, May 6, 2013

Design Wall Monday 5/6/13

My design wall is empty this week, but I do have a design table. I have been working on more Dancing Stars blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. This month's color is bright blue. The blocks are foundation pieced, and I decided to try doing the piecing by hand.  First I needle punched the foundations with my sewing machine. This makes it much easier to sew through the foundation.

After that I started hand stitching my star fabrics to the foundations. For me, it was easiest and most secure to sew with a backstitch.  I started out doing a small running stitch, but I couldn't get a consistent stitch length. Here are the segments for one block.

Here are the same segments from the right side. After they were all stitched to the foundations, I pressed them lightly, then trimmed the long edges where they will get joined together. Once I get the seams stitched, I will trim around the outside edges of the block to square it up.

As usual, I will be linking up to Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday.  Check out all the great inspiration there. 



  1. I love your block. Must check out the challenge.

  2. Love the colors in this block. Great job hand stitching and wonderful tip about stitching the foundation first to make things easier.

  3. I have seen these blocks around blogland, but didn't realize until your post that they are paper pieced. I love the contrast of geometric and organic prints.

  4. Very pretty - love the blues! What a good idea to needle punch first and save your fingers.

  5. Love the blues. Hand stitching? Yikes brave woman, great idea for the needle punch. I would have put some thread in that needle and sew by machine :)

    1. I am going to be without my machine for a week or so and wanted to see if this method would work. I have been pleasantly surprised.

  6. I've just started doing some paper piecing, it does make some blocks a lot easier to put together. Love the bright blue with that black.

  7. Love your colors. Question, what is the advantage of hand piecing them on to foundation versus machine sewing on to foundation?


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