|Photo from Sewing Party|
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!