Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Summer Sampler 2019 :: Cul de Sac

No doubt about it, this week's Summer Sampler block took some real focus. It's not that I haven't sewn curves before, but the technique (glue!) and those 'rings' were new to me. Totally doable with Jen Carlton-Bailly/@bettycrockerass's excellent tips, but still.

Honestly I made more fabric-cutting mistakes than usual - totally user error. I think I was just trying too hard, and of course it was fixable, so that's good. My key discovery with these curves was the use of a Sewline Glue Stick (check it out!). That and an angled pin placement when matching seams. Worked like a charm. I had used glue occasionally in times past, but usually make such a mess, I haven't been a fan. But this particular glue stick + this particular block + Jen's technique made it so good.

The finished block has a bit of an art deco vibe to me, and I kinda love it with the rest of my blocks.

Week 5: Rope Twist [paper-piecing]     Week 4: Victorian Tile [nested seams]
Week 3: Curious Crossing [improvisational piecing]
 Week 2: Pixelations [half-square triangles]     Week 1: Spring Fever [precision piecing]


  1. it's a cool block and it does look art deco! I see it

  2. I like seeing all the blotks together . . . curious crossing is my favorite.