Earlier in the year my cyber quilt group decided to make a baby quilt to gift to one of our pregnant members. It was all organised in secret by AJ, with messages going around Australia via Facebook. The brief was to make a 12.5" block using pink and white fabric and send it to AJ, who would sew them all into a quilt top, sandwich, quilt and bind the quilt.
The quilt was gratefully received by its new owner this week and she posted up this photo of her new baby testing it out.
AJ did a fabulous job combining all the blocks by sashing them, and framing then them with scraps of pink fabric sent back with the blocks.
My block is in the bottom left. I decided to hand stitch a block using the English paper piecing method.
I first drew a design out on paper. For reference the sides of the centre diamonds are 1" long.
When I was happy with the design I selected some pink fabrics from my stash.
I precut all the fabrics, being careful to maintain symmetry around the stripes and spots, as well as fussy cut smaller images.
Here are some pictures of the hexagon coming together. The yellow thread is used to tack the fabric around the paper shapes, and removed after all the pieces have been hand stitched together.
Somewhere along the line I decided to turn the hexagon into a star and hand stitched on the points and the white background fabric.
Here is how it looked when all the hand stitching was complete and the yellow tacking thread removed.
I trimmed it down, but was a bit short of the required 12.5" block size
So I machine stitched on some white sashing and squared it up again.
Some more closeups
The back of the block!
And that's the story about my block in the Pinky pink baby quilt.