Friday, February 8, 2013

Green Tea and Sweet Beans

Photo from Sewing Party
 My New Year's sewing resolution is to make 2013 a year of learning. I consider myself an intermediate sewer at this point and I'd like to challenge myself to learn new things. I had never considered joining a block-of-the-month, never really saw one I liked, until I saw this at my LQS, Sewing Party. The pattern is Green Tea and Sweet Beans by Jen Kingwell and I was first drawn to it by the beautiful combination of low volume text and brights prints. Second, it has a lot of things that I don't know how to do: partial seams, Y-seams, applique, etc. Jen's pattern instructions are written intending for this to be handsewn, but Cecile, the shopowner of Sewing Party, is offering a BOM class where she shows how this can be accomplished by machine.

January's class kicked off with teaching us Y-seams and tackling 2 of the blocks, First the hexagon panel:

having recently completed my first EPP hexie project, I was curious to learn how hexies were machine sewn with Y seams. The answer: very tediously! But probably still faster than EPP. And  look at this beautiful pressing on the back! Opening up the points where the three hexies join reduces bulk and allows the block lay flat.

The second thing we tackled were the propellar blocks:

They look easy, but my seam ripper will tell you that they were not!

So there you have it, January blocks done. Oh wait, is it February? Right - well this weekend I'll be tackling the February blocks, churn dash and orange peel, and I'll update you on that.

If you're interested in joining in with making Green Tea and Sweet Beans, you can order the pattern from Sewing Party, or find it at their booth at QuiltCon. There is also a Flickr group for this pattern.

Speaking of QuiltCon, check out this cute charm I got from Pin Peddlers a couple of weeks ago. It's an improv log cabin in the QuiltCon colors and has 2013 on it - not official MQG swag, but I'd like to think of it as commemorating the inaugural conference. It'll be be travelling to Austin with me on my rotary cutter!


  1. How interesting to see the pictures of these seams! I just started on the Green Tea quilt for exactly the same reasons as you, and am machine stitching it too. I'm looking forward to see more pictures of your blocks!

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