Its been raining for a week straight and doesn’t look like it’s planning to stop anytime soon. Worse yet, the temperatures dropped, so our heat is back on and we’ve been snuggled up inside. (It was the perfect time to read the book The Little Book of Hygge, though, which was my book club’s pick for this month.) I was so excited that block five of Pat Sloan’s Mystery Block-of-the-Month through Free Quilt Patterns called The Children’s Library was released a few days early — it was a perfect weekend treat!
I’m using The Potting Shed collection by Holly Taylor for Moda Fabrics for my quilt. Because this block involved piecing small squares, I decided to strip piece the squares to make it easier and faster to piece. I first sewed strips together. (I don’t usually like to do more than four strips at the same time, because I feel my piecing and pressing gets less accurate with more strips.)
Then I cut my strips into segments. Those segments get sewed together to form the pieced strips! It’s so easy — especially when working with skinnier strips. A little starch also helps keep everything in place.
There’s plenty of time to catch up if you’re just joining the block of the month! Making these blocks is a highlight of each month, so I hope you decide to quilt along with everyone! (See my previous blocks here.)
Thanks for joining me for “happy hour,”
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