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    Sonia, thank you for your explanation and photos. This will help people with this block.

    NOW, let's all take a step back and WAIT until this block pattern and Jen's instructions/videos are released, several months from now.

    There will be lots of help and more information then. No one should feel they are "behind"--the BOM doesn't start until January 1, 2024.

    This is the time to gather fabrics and supplies and get ready for a great Block of the Month project in 2024.

    I am going to Close this Topic for the time being. We will get back to it once the pattern has been released.

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    This is the hand piecing tutorial I send folks in our Jen Kingwell club at my LQS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNuN9kiGxDQ&t=90s

    Helen -- I think I will do a second of these blocks and photograph the step-outs, this time sewing in a smarter order. With the first one, I sewed the petals in last -- which works, but it did get fiddly.

    Also, yes, I'll get a photo of the back side! I did learn to sew by machine as a kid, but I never was able to make friends with it.

    I started making quilts because I saw Jen's Wandering Wife and got stars in my eyes, so I just figured out the hand piecing part. That first quilt is a little rocky in the precision department (but it still looks great, imo!), but I have definitely gotten much better with practice.

    It's great to have hand piecing as an option because sometimes it's honestly just easier. Y-seams and partial seams are easy as pie by hand.

    If you get a chance, Helen, post your half block and we'll see if we can troubleshoot! How far off are you?
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    Beautiful block Sonia. This really makes me want to learn hand piecing. Any chance you could also
    take a picture of the back side. I might be able to learn something by looking at the intersections on the zoom feature. I sure appreciate your passion for hand piecing. Did you love it from the first try,
    or did it take a while to get the hang of it, then it became your go to way.? HelenW

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    Sonia, Thank you for all the pre start effort you are doing. I tried hand stitching half of the block, my outside border pieces were not even close to being 8 1/2 inches. I think I have a lot to learn. You mentioned making the border area bigger and cut to size at the end. I really like that idea. When
    I drew it I did it the same except I put the petals on the big unit with the square. I can see how this
    gentle curve would be easier. If you have any good you tubes besides your glue basting gal, which
    I loved, please post them. I need to practice connecting sections and my stitches are ugly, even though you won't see them. Thanks again, I will practice anything you post as ideas. HelenW

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    This would work, but if you can handle the curve from piece J to K, I think you can stitch the petals in as well! Worth experimenting as it will be much faster.

    I included a diagram and thoughts in a comment below.

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    When you cut and mark your pieces, be sure you mark both the dots and the sewing line. To find the line on a curved piece, use the template that the piece joins to.

    For a longer piece like piece K, you'll normally want to mark the sewing line in sections or it can get distorted. It should be a nice, smooth, even 1/4" the whole way.

    Since you sew curves with the concave piece on top, I often only mark the sewing line for that piece. But if I'm finding it tricky, since I'm hand piecing, I sometimes mark both and then just take quick peeks as I go to make sure I'm hitting both lines correctly. If it was glue basting there would be no need for that, but hand sewing through glue is no fun, so I just use pins.

    Note that the sides of pieces I and J look like they could be straight, but they're curved.

    Final tip, if you are hand piecing, short appliqué pins can be easier to work with when you're pinning curves. Pin along the sewing line, and flip it open so you can make sure it looks right.

    Curves aren't hard! At least gentle curves aren't. They're just weird -- while you're pinning or basting, it all looks very strange. Once it's sewn it will like nice and flat, though, if you follow the sewing lines and stitch from dot to dot.

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    Here it is sewn up! It wasn't hard -- and I didn't sew it the easiest way. Took me about an evening of sewing -- 3 or 4 podcast episodes.

    There are a lot of little hand piecing tricks, like stitching around each intersection to keep them aligned. I presume that Jen will have some tutorials for us -- she normally does with her BOMs.

    By the way, when I cut this, I gave myself extra seam allowance all along the outside borders. That lets me trim down to size when I'm ready to assemble them.

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    OK, here's how I think it comes together easiest.

    Sew each piece I to piece J, to make four units. Then sew each unit to piece K. You now have four corner units.

    Take two of those corner units and sew them to piece L on each side. You now have two corner units without petals, and two with petals.

    Sew your corner without petals to square M on opposite sides. Then sew your petal units to the opposite side -- you have a gentle curve you can sew from edge to edge to get the whole block together.

    I attached a photo of the finished block with that last step indicated.

    For my machine sewing folks, I would definitely try this in this order by machine. As long as your curves are well pasted, when you sew it this way, every curve is pretty gentle.

    I've learned to press curves to the concave, by the way. The curve seems to be smoother and more visually attractive that way.
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    Thank you Judith for the good explanation. I tried it using a thin line of Elmers glue with a Sharon Schamber tip in the seam
    allowance on the fabric. For me it was easier than putting the glue on the template plastic edge. I watched Karen Kay Buckley
    you tube on Prepping leaves with her template plastic shapes. Got the tips of not putting the iron on the whole template, keeping
    it just covering the seam allowance. I use double stitch tape on the back side of template to adhere it to the fabric while I cut
    approximate 1/4 inch seam. Another benefit of it not have to be exact. I used the applique stick with the flat end to pop the glue
    loose after ironing. That worked well. Put a drop of fray check on back side of each point. I am really excited about this technique, Thank You for posting the tip. My templates are not as perfect as I would like. Don't have a die cut machine. Which brand did
    you get. HelenW
    CLICK ON THE LAST PICTURE TO SEE THE WHOLE PICTURE

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    Helen, Glue stick did not work very well for me. What worked best for me was to use a very, very fine-tipped applicater to drop a very fine like of glue on either the back edge of the mylar or the seam allowance of the appiique piece. Then iron it dry. Then remove the template. Then iron the applique piece again to make sure it is flat and easy to applique. I make a batch of shapes at a time and store them in little plastic bags you get in the jewelry section of Walmart. Attached is a photo of some leaves and their mylar templates. The leaves on the left have the mylar templates removed. The leaves on the right still have the mylar templates in them. Those on the right are made to slip under stems. Roxanne liquid Glue Baste It works best for me for prepared edge applique. The bottle on the left is a Roxannes bottle that works well. I also bought a big bottle of refill glue and some small empty plastic bottles with very fine metal tips and attached caps (that don't get lost!). I like the precision.

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    Barbara, When I read your blog this morning, I saw the layout for Pieced Block 1. That is the same way I drew it up in EQ8.
    Have not tried making it yet. HelenW

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    Judith, I like you idea. I tried it with the leaf shaped petals. I was surprised it was so easy. I think I used too much glue though. Do you use a glue stick or glue dots from a bottle. I tried both, The dots were
    easier to peel off the template plastic. I still need to work on making the points better. Any tips you
    have I would love to hear. It is something I have not tried before. I have tried using the template plastic with starch but it seem to take too long. HelenW

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    I think the easiest way for me to make this block might be with prepared-edge applique. I might machine stitch the background shapes of the block and then applique the petals on top. I tried several applique methods with Afternoon Delight. The one I liked best was to cut templates on my Scan n' Cut out of heat-resistant mylar, and then glue the seam allowances of the applique fabric to the back of the template, hit it with an iron, remove the template and hand applique it down. i got all 40 of the applique blocks in Afternoon Delight done when family issues caused me to stop. I should finish that quilt!

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    The website won't let me edit the photos so here is the one with rings. Decided to try another post.HelenW

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    Thank you Sonia for the video on glue basting. This will be a big help. This is a challenging quilt and I need to do it well because my sister already asked to have it when I’m done . Just to add to the challenge !
    I will try a practice piece as soon as I receive the templates.
    Thanks again
    Helene

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