So month 4 of Delilah brings us a mixture of curves and straight line sewing. Due to my own restrictions on sewing time at the machine and the fact these curved pieces were quite small, I chose to try hand piecing for the first time ever!
This is a quarter block I pieced on the train as I’m away on holiday this week.
Thank you to everyone in the group and those followers on IG who gave me loads of advice. I’ve never been keen on hand sewing as I’m so slow but I actually grew to love how precise I could be with it, my OCD for neatness tested again!
I preferred a method of running stitch for 4 stitches then going back over the last to secure it before carrying on. I tried back stitching all the way but it didn’t come out so neat for me.
I actually think this block is a good one for hand sewing, as I found it great for moving the last seams out of the way when it came to adding the low volume corner pieces.
Speaking of which take care when making your fabric choices and cutting. For the points of the star you have to cut 8 then 8 in reverse. What you actually need I think, to get the star points to stand out, is 4 then 4 in reverse using bright/bold patterns, then 4 and 4 in reverse using lighter patterned fabrics with the triangle corner pieces being a mixture of your background fabrics. I think if you look at my picture I didn’t really get the inner fabrics right, I’m not happy with those reds.
Remember to cut pieces with the curve on the bias as it does help match the pieces up easier.
If you chose to get our fabric selection with your templates here’s what’s arriving this month!
Although I’m away I’ll be back to help with any questions you may have by Sunday.
Happy stitching, Lisa
I can’t believe we’re at month 3 of our Delilah programme already can you?
It was Justine’s turn this month to make the block, what do you think?
We love choosing the fabrics to go into each block, the whole process is just so much fun.
This block is simple enough to make with nothing too taxing, however we do recommend pinning at the seams when assembling each segment so that everything lines up correctly in the final block! The most time consuming part was the choosing of the fabrics and cutting of the templates, once we’d done that the block sewed up quickly.
If you’re getting fabrics from us too here’s what you can expect:
As always please just use any of the fabrics we’ve sent so far to get a real scrappy feel to your Delilah!
Welcome to the second month of our Jen Kingwell Delilah BOM and we’ve curves and mitred corners ahead. Let’s not worry about that for the minute.
How did you find the drunkard paths? We’ve seen some really great pictures, here’s just a few from our group:
So onto this month, and here is our fabric selection we’re using and that should now be with those of you that opted for fabric.
Please READ the cutting instructions before you dive in. All I will say is bias will be your friend.
Jen’s instructions for pinning worked for me on the curves. I’m not a fan of pinning but it can help with curves. Some of you may find more pins to secure those bias edges will help.
Once you’ve pieced the four curved blocks we’ll be adding the border and the challenges just keep on coming. Next up is mitred corners. Honestly I had to have a couple of goes at these borders. I managed the mitred corners ok following Jens instructions and those dots. However I kept losing my points on the centre triangles and had a bit of a wavy edge.
Here’s my effort before a little unpicking, resewing and pressing solved that!
Good luck and remember to please do share them on our Facebook page or on our Instagram feed where you can find us as @SimplySolids
We’ll be using #simplysolidsdelilah so please use this one as well as all the other Delilah tags so we can all see each others in our gang.