My Bernina came home after three weeks at the quilt shop for a cleaning and repair. So. with my Bernina home, I was able to make some progress on my current stitching projects. I'm behind on my National Quilting Association Block of the Month. Today, I finished the May star block, a Crazy Star, for the Galaxy quilt. The pattern was designed by Pam Seip, certified NQA teacher.
The pattern is a paper foundation pieced block. Now, paper piecing is not a technique that I enjoy, but I did complete the pattern as designed. Over the years, I figured out a way to make foundation paper pieced blocks, but find paper piecing to be tedious with unnecessary extra steps. The results for this star are not significant compared to a liberated star piecing technique I learned several years ago. Gwen Marston's liberated piecing techniques produce lovely blocks in less time and without any paper. I would much rather make my stars like this.
- Liberated Stars
I really like Gwen's liberated piecing techniques. I have taken several classes from her and made not a few quilts using them. Here are two more liberated quilts - String blocks and Liberated Baskets.
- String blocks - quilt on top
- Liberated Baskets - challenge quilt with Michigan Quilt Network
I need to finish the June block during the next week, so that I am back on track. Do you schedule time to complete projects in a timely manner or do you get behind, too? No matter how much I try to plan sewing time, life gets in the way and I find myself behind in finishing a project. Probably why I have so many UFO's.