Wednesday, September 12, 2012

{un} nesting block

If you read my post a few hours ago, you know I had a bit of trouble using a decorative stitch to finish off this little project.  But I figured that if I fiddled around with it and tried to make it work, I'd be potentially wasting a lot of thread, and really I didn't want to spend that much effort on this project, so I went with a simple double straight line of stitching instead and let's call it done.


The pattern is 'Stack & Nest Quilted Blocks' by Elizabeth Hartman.  It has instructions for 4 different sized blocks that nest into each other.  The one above is the 5" block.  As usual with Elizabeth's instructions, they are very thorough and clear, very nice finishing techniques, and lots of helpful photos.  I recommend it!


The pattern calls for a heavyweight sew-in interfacing for one step, which I'd never used before.  My fabric store does not carry the common brand names that I see around online (Timtex, Peltex, etc.) so I just picked one of a few choices that were there, and it worked out great.  The block has really good structure, stands up perfectly on its own, but is still soft and quilty.


Just had to include a photo of my favourite part of this Heather Ross fabric.  The little underwear-toting owl.  My kids were pretty amused by that.  :)

So as with most of my sewing projects, all's well that ends well!

14 comments:

Kristan said...

This turned out beautifully! I'm sorry about your mishap. What's up with that alligator stitch anyways? Weird.

Patti said...

Great finish Heather! That owl is so cute!

Nat at Made in Home said...

I need some of those for storing the baby things we are starting to receive! And my projects! Wich brand of interlining did you get in the end? Not sure my local John Lewis has many on offer either...

Patchwork and Play said...

Its a shame the alligator didn't cooperate! It was probably something to do with the thickness of the edge! The quilted basket looks fab with its gingham lining!

Rosa said...

It`s super cool!!

Toni said...

It turned out fantastic, Heather!

Svetlana said...

It turned out so great, Heather. Good problem solving! sometimes it's nice just to move on and not worry about fixing every single detail.

Kirsten said...

Looks lovely Heather - that owl is very cute!

Katie B. said...

Perfect!

Debbie said...

guess I'm reading your posts backwards, but love the straight-line.....thanks for the link - I may refer to it in making my zakka project this week!

Chelsea said...

It turned out so great Heather! And it's just as good without the decorative stitch, though what a bummer. I'm glad my machine doesn't have all those stitches, I'd be trying to turn all my clothes into fake lacoste and cursing the stupid alligator.

We were talking about interfacing at guild the other day and how frustrating it is not having the same product here as in the US. Apparently someone on saltspring sells pellon, but unless you're heading to saltspring that's kind of useless. It's just so frustrating to go in to fabricland and have to paw your way through the crappy no labels pile of interfacing and hope you got something that will work. Man I hate that nanaimo fabricland!

Jess said...

I love it, Heather! That owl would definitely be the star is our house ;o)

Maria said...

It turned out beautiful Heather. I've seen these before on Elizabeth's blog and have wanted to make some forever. You have just given me a push closer.

Erin @ Billy Button Design said...

I so need to make some of these...lovely