Monday, October 6, 2014

Busy Fingers!

The fingers are flying which means two more Gardens of a King blocks are stitched. These blocks are from a quilt designed by Missie Carpenter of Traditional Primitives. She has not released the pattern but will be doing so in the near future. So here is my block 14. I was able to use up some of my very small scraps to make this block. Believe it or not this block is not as difficult as it looks when Missie's English paper piecing (EPP) techniques are used. The circle in the middle was made separately and then appliqued on top of the outer ring. The trick is to work slowly, carefully and meticulously.

To give you a size of scale here is the block with a ruler and the C. Jenkins freezer paper templates. The finished diameter of the block will be six inches. EPP is a great way to achieve amazing results and it isn't just for hexagons!

This is the second block 14. Again I was able to use many of my scraps. The pink print in the star points was leftover from my red Soupcon quilt!

I don't work on one block at a time; instead I cut and prep parts of several blocks, stitch a bit, cut a bit and prep a bit more. This means that there are always lots of blocks on the go at once and they are in various stages. When the last bits of sewing are completed the blocks come together quickly! Here you can see a block that is in different stages of completion. I've been using sheets of acrylic felt to pin the pieces in the correct placement to make the sewing a little quicker! I think this block is going to be very pretty when it is stitched!

Lozagons is waiting to be worked on and it too is in various stages. Every time I have five minutes I'll take a few stitches and when I do that a block will eventually come together! Here is the third block in my Lozagons quilt! It doesn't look like much right now but once the turquoise rosettes are added the design will start to pop!

Don't forget that I've got a giveaway running. To enter go here and follow the instructions to enter (it is super easy)! I'll announce the winner at 9:00 am EDT on October 8th!

Well it's time for these fingers to get busy so until I post again, happy sewing!
Karen H


  1. I will take your word for it but these blocks do look complicated , they sure are pretty .

  2. Love these blocks, it's very interesting that you are using EPP to construct them.

  3. What a great idea to pin the pieces on the felt that way.

  4. Okay this is killing me, my hands are itching to try the new Kings garden quilt pattern. As if I didn't already have four Quilts going at the same time. But we've all been there. Love the way it's looking. Keep us posted on your beautiful work.

  5. That last lozenge is gorgeous! So are the circle blocks - what an exceptional talented piecer you are.

  6. Great looking blocks but whew not something that I would want to try. My LE is sitting waiting for a zillion pieces to be appliqued. LOL hands are no better. I am putting block 13 together so am on track. Will be at McMaster with hubby for his tests today,hope they don't find anything serious.

  7. Another beautiful Gardens of the king block - I can see how EPP would be so accurate even with such tiny pieces!

  8. delightful blocks, Karen -- I'm learning a lot about fabric combos by watching your work progress!