I joined the Skill Builder Block of the Month over at PileOfFabric.com. She is a graphic artist that likes to quilt and developed this block of the month that teaches you different piecing and applique skills each month. She also included free motion quilting in with each block, but I decided to wait until the end to do my free motion quilting.
The First Month Block developed by her was Improv Piecing, she states,”This month we will be making our blocks using some improvisational piecing techniques. Usually when quilting you are working with exact directions, and exact measurements, following exact steps one by one. But, when you are improv piecing you are given full flexibility with sizes and colors, and usually the blocks just come together as you sew!”
I chose to work in purples and greens, each month is two different blocks and I do one purple background and one green background. She recommended starching the fabrics before using them to keep the fabrics from stretching or distorting. I didn’t do that on these first two blocks and I regret it now. I have starched my fabrics on all subsequent blocks and it makes a huge difference when piecing them together. The pieces are much stiffer and keep their shape.
The first block was the sound wave and it was our decision how to set up our strips for the sound wave. The second block was called Magnum and again we got to choose the width an number of strips to put in this block. Here is an picture of my blocks for the first month.
To view all the other people involved in this BOM, please visit the flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/skillbuilderbom/.