The Aurifil Designer for May is Amy Smart. I really enjoy Amy's style, and loved getting to know her better when I interviewed her for Aurifil!
Here is my version of Amy's block. Her block is an updated version of the first block her mom taught her to make.. you can read all about it in my interview with Amy HERE.
I have a few tips to give you on how I made my version
Each month I get out the prior blocks to see what fabric I used. It's always so fun to look at all the blocks together when a new block in a sampler arrives! I have a fresh 'eye' each month at the collection and color placements. I worte about that recently.. you can read it HERE
Now to do a little audition. I knew I wanted to use the green bobbins.. and I am not putting gray in this block. I knew I wanted a lot of cream. So that narrowed the fabric option field. First I tried this orange with the red flowers.
Then this oranged with the stitching lines. Did you notice I have not CUT those orange fabric or the cream setting triangle. I can audition just fine without cutting them.
I decided on the orange with the stitching as I have that large bobbin and the words in the middle.. so the stitching is a little less parttern. I like it!
Now for a few tips!
Some of my strips have the pinked edges that come from a precut. When working with smaller pieces I will often trim that off so I know exactly where I am when I measure. This block calls for using my 1/8" marking.. and they are not as easy to linke up. So I OVER CUT first where I have more fabric UNDER the ruler and can hold it flat
Now I do my super accurate cut using the 1/8" mark.
To finish cutting the rectangle I slide the ruler so that I've got the entire piece under it. Here I need the 5 3/4". I'm lining up the LONG straight side on a dark top line. I feel this helps me keep the rectangle flat and straight for the cut.
Do you ever do this?
My OTHER tip is to cut the 2 outside triangles 1/2" bigger. If you are not used to setting blocks on point, this gives you a bit more for when you do the trimming!
Here are all 5 of my Aurifil blocks! SO EXCITED!
CLICK HERE to read my interview with Amy and to pick up her block pattern. Be sure to thank her in the comments or go to her blog and leave a note!
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