|Brenda Papadakis at Quilts in the Barn|
I came as DJ virgin (that's what Brenda called us newbies) and learnt so many techniques and tips for these fabulous little blocks. I did my first block using reverse appliqué with freezer paper on top for the circles and needle turn for the melons. I had done reverse appliqué but not with the freezer paper, it works a treat for placement and accuracy.
|Pattern printed out on freezer paper.|
|F-13 Tour de France|
This technique was also used for Maria's Majesty. I followed Brenda's advice to use a feature in the centre. You might see that the melons are marked as they are not symmetrical - I never would have noticed this.
I was lucky enough to get the gorgeous blue fabric by swapping with Lynette. She also helped me with the background when I left mine behind on the 2nd day.
|I-5 Maria's Majesty|
We did paper piecing using fine 'newsprint' paper that was folded back in parts rather than having to sew through the paper.I was lucky to have Brenda demonstrate with my Florence Nightingale block, which she then signed.
|A-8 Florence Nightingale|
I also learnt how to do back basting which I had never really understood or tried before. Brenda shared one of her Benjamin Biggs blocks that she is currently sewing, to show us how it's done.
We used this technique for Four Leaf Clover, I really like this method too!
|G-3 Four Leaf Clover|
We were also thrown fairly quickly into the deep-end by tackling Papa's Star. Brenda counselled that if we could make this we won't need to be afraid of any other block. The centre star is unspeakably small but Brenda had a great trick that involved folding fabric for the inner points (flying geese). I came a DJ virgin and went home with a baby!
|The centre of G-6 Papa's Star with an Australian 5 cent coin|
I'm still to complete this block using freezer paper piecing by machine.
Here are some of the blocks at end of the second day.
And then we had show and tell!
Sorry I haven't included names - let me know if you want to be acknowledged.
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Phew! Too much blogging, off to make another DJ block.