For February, Faith requested a block called "Map of the States," so well taught by Elizabeth of Oh Fransson! Faith sent a plethora of Daisy Chain (Amy Butler) fabrics and a couple of solids for us to play with. Elizabeth's tutorial uses Freezer Paper to piece this block, which I think is quite brilliant! It was fun to draw out, color in with Colored Pencils (which I actually had to go out and BUY because I didn't own any! The Shame!) and then iron the freezer paper onto the chunks of fabric. I highly reccomend trying this technique, if you are curious. Since this was my first block, it took me a while to complete, but I'm sure when I try it again it will go much faster. I do love the final effect: even distribution of fabrics, angled seams, lots of visual interest!
I did have one snaffu while sewing this block.... after I had each of the 4 rows together, I laid them out to sew the rows together and one row was a bit *off.* So I thought "hmmm I should square that up." Well obviously this block is meant to be a bit wonky but that idea didn't enter my mind unter 43 seconds later when I was done hacking the far right row. The photo doesn't show it (thank goodness) but Left to Right is just slightly LESS THAN the requeasted 12.5" square. Next time I will think twice, cut once... Faith swears this will not ruin her quilt, but I still feel badly about it. See Faith's VISION for said quilt here. Its going to be fabulous!