One of the classes that I took at Fat Quarterly Retreat was the Read Between the Lines class with Joanna from Shape Moth and Julianna from Sewing Under Rainbow. It was a 3 hour paper piecing class with this block as the project:
If you’re a regular reader you will know that I’ve done a fair bit of paper piecing this year so it is something that I am familiar with. There was a mix of abilities in the class some had never paper pieced before and I must admit I would not have wanted to attempt this as my first block!
At the start of the class Joanna had 2 fat eight bundles of Type to give away from the lovely people at Fat Quarter Shop and guess whose name was pulled first out of the hat? Yes it was me – a nice way to start the class.
We were also fortunate that Alison Glass had sent over a pile of Text fat quarters from her new line of fabrics Sun Print which has not yet hit the shops, I used mine as the sheet of paper in the typewriter. I had a little bit left which has found it’s way in to another project this week, I can see it becoming an essential print to have to hand!
I had prepped my fabrics and cut a number of the different pieces out beforehand so was ready to go. I worked next to Emily and there was a little bit of chat, a little bit of unpicking, some tricks and tips to be learnt from Joanna and Julianna but it was also Saturday afternoon and tiredness had kicked in. So I didn’t finish my block in class, I’m not sure if anyone did but it was high on my list of things to do when I got back. It didn’t take long to complete and I must say I love it.
My plan is to turn it in to a wall hanging for my new sewing space so it will just need a border, backing, maybe some simple quilting and binding, but for now it is already hanging up unfinished.
Thanks very much to Joanna and Julianna for the great class and amazing block. The good news for you is that Joanna has very kindly made the pattern for the block available free on her blog for you all to make your own in either a 12″ or 16″ square block (or both if you want to!).
And why an ‘Old Fashioned Laptop’? because we have one at home and that is what the children called it when they first saw it, not too far wrong I suppose.
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