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Friday, March 20, 2015


Back in the Summer of 2011, my husband and I
made a trip out to the East coast on our motorcycle.
We really had a lot of fun and adventure on that trip.
We made it a point to not go on the highway
but to take secondary roads to see the beautiful scenery.

While we were riding through the state of Pennsylvania,
we passed through many Amish towns.
Of course we stopped at several quilt shops along the way.
At one of the shops that we stopped,
I bought a set of fat quarters in different shades
of purple and one black.
I loved the hues of the purple.
I had no idea what I wanted to make
but I knew I had to have it.

Well, it took several years before I finally decided to make a quilt.
I decided to make a small paper pieced quilt.
The block measures 5" finished.
I like the way the quilt turned out.
Now to decide how I'm going to quilt it.

This is the block that I drew up to make the blocks.

 I cut the fabric to the size that I needed to make each individual block.

 When I paper piece, I make sure that my fabric is a little larger
than the area that is on the paper.  It gives me more room.
I also use a light to reflect my fabric on the paper
to make sure that I'm sewing everything correctly.

Once I had the fabric aligned, I turned over the paper
very carefully so that I don't move the fabric.
I sew on the line.  I made sure that I set the length
on my sewing machine to 1.8.

I would iron each strip after I sewed them on.
This is what the block will look like
before it is trimmed to the size.
 I took my ruler and rotary cutter and trimmed the block.
I made sure that I would cut my block adding
a 1/4" seam allowance.
My rule is measure twice and cut once.

 Once all of the blocks are cut,
the design possibilities are many,

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