Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I was reading through a few blogs last night, and one thing often leads to another. I stumbled upon a new to me blog. Retrofabulous was a guest blogger at Stash Manicure yesterday and she mentioned a site with miniature quilt blocks called Sentimental Stitches. They have patterns there for over 100 4.5 inch blocks. Sort of like Dear Jane, but with patterns that you recognize. I quickly saved them all off and couldn't resist trying one out on this, my last day of summer vacation.
I'm not making any long term commitments. I'm not making any grand statements about making one of these every Monday. I'm just saying that it is Monday and I made a miniature quilt block and look at how cute it is!!
I tried something new on the foundation paper. I made this quilt using paper piecing and loved the quilt, but didn't love spending a whole day picking out bits of paper from the back.
So I had this water soluble paper that somebody sent as a free sample to school. I haven't read the packaging yet, but I think it is a corn based product kind of like the biodegradable packing peanuts that you can eat. (They don't taste very good though, so I don't recommend it). It got a little brown with the ironing, so I tried to be delicate about it, but it held up well enough. Then, when the block was done, I plopped the block into the sink, and the paper just disappeared. Just like that. Gone, never to be seen again.
No pulling at paper with tweezers trying not to pop seems, no tedious scraps everywhere, just let the water run out of the sink and iron the block dry. Again, I'm not making any grand statements or any long term plans, but after this little pack of paper is gone I might see if I can order some more.
I did it again -- all day today I was sure it was Monday. It isn't, is it? It's Tuesday. It IS my last day of vacation though, and I'm sure after school starts I'll know the days of the week again. I guess I should have called today's post Tiny Tuesday.