Block 8 in Japanese Taupe Quilts is called ‘Uroko’ which translates to ‘scales’ and you can see why. It is all points and balance.
|Block 8 from the book|
|Block 8 Patchique Style|
I know there is a lot of debate about pressing seams open – I don’t normally do it, but after making the Birds-in-the-Air block recently, I have found it reduces bulk when sewing blocks together. I am pleased with how this block turned out although it was a little boring to make.
So on to the appliqué book which was Block 73 ‘Yama fubuki’ (mountain snowstorm).
I didn't know if I would like this block as it has as many points as Block 72 (Klingon warship block). But I was pleasantly surprised - I think the fabric I chose softens the sharpness of it. I had two 5” charm squares that I thought would go particularly well but I wasn’t sure if I could cut all six pieces from the charm squares. So I traced two 5” squares onto the paper side of my fusible webbing and then traced the template into the squares. Yep, I could get three templates in each square. This block was easy to do with Bondaweb and turned out well. Yet again I didn’t use the protractor but ‘eyed’ it.
|Block 73 Patchique Style|
After all the points of the last two blocks I fancy something a little more rounded so my next appliqué block will be Block 110. This is one of the things I like about this book – you can dip in here and there and do whatever takes your fancy. Block 110 combines patchwork with appliqué (my speciality) whereby you patch the sections and then appliqué them on. As for patchwork – Block 10 awaits.
Sew until next time........