I love participating in swaps, but I definitely still consider myself an enthusiastic beginner when it comes to sewing.  Most things scare me and I make lots of mistakes.  My options for Block Swap Adventure for March from my swap partner were a log cabin block or a postage stamp block with 1inch blocks.

I’m not sure if you know, but my very first attempt at a quilt (after doing a beginners quilting class quite a while ago now I’m thinking more than 3 years ago) was an attempt to do an Amish Barn Raising quilt in rainbow colours (log cabin blocks).  It’s still partially quilted and folded in the cupboard somewhere.

Log Cabin UFO, When the top was completed

Log Cabin UFO, When the top was completed

So anyway… I wasn’t too keen on doing a log cabin.  (my apologies to log cabin blocks everywhere)

Then I thought about 144 pieces in the postage stamp block and I was a little perturbed, until I found this tutorial  at Elizabeth Hartman’s Blog Oh Fransson!.  So I decided to give things a go, with this kind of cheat method.  I used very thin stayflex for my interfacing and charms from Sugar Pop by Liz Scott for Moda.

Postage Stamp Block Layout Pieces Ironed on to the Interfacing

Postage Stamp Block Layout Pieces Ironed on to the Interfacing

To start off with you layout all your 1.5inch blocks on interfacing (mine is a different size to Elizabeth’s because I needed a 12.5 inch unfinished block).  Then when the pieces are secured to your interfacing you start sewing along the vertical lines.

Postage Stamp Block Rows Stitched Together in One Direction

Postage Stamp Block Rows Stitched Together in One Direction

Then there’s a whole lot of cutting and ironing of seams and you do the same in the opposite direction.  It’s a method I would do again, though I am not sure how patient I would be if I had to do lots of blocks.  This took me a few hours I’d say 2 on one night and one the next.  I don’t know how painful it is to do the same block the ‘traditional’ way because I haven’t tried it that way, but I definitely don’t think my usual sewing skills would have this many points meeting nicely.  Overall I was quite happy with the block, only one corner was a bit off the measure, so hopefully my block swap partner (Jen in PA) is happy with it!

Postage Stamp Block Completed

Postage Stamp Block Completed

A few posts ago, I showed you sneak peeks of blocks I made for my December swap partner Natasha in Canada and my January Swap Partner Jody in CO, I think they should have those blocks by now, so here are the final blocks.

December Block Completed for Natasha in Canada  (Fancy Stripes)

December Block Completed for Natasha in Canada (Fancy Stripes)

This block is the Fancy Stripes Block from Marcia Hohn’s Quilter’s Cache

January Block for Jody in CO (Pinwheel Block 1 from PS I Quilt)

January Block for Jody in CO (Pinwheel Block 1 from PS I Quilt)

This is block one from the Pinwheel Sampler Quiltalong by Rachel Griffin at PS I Quilt

Goodnight Stitchers, Where ever you are!