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Blocks 19-36 joined

Alabama Beauty second panel of 18 blocksTomorrow I stitch the 48″ center seam and the top is done!! Finally.  Then on to the borders.

Alabama Beauty blocks 19-36

blocks 19-36Done! Now to join them.

Update on Alabama Beauty progress

pointy bits unit done

I am working on the second (and last) set of 18 blocks – the first set is finished and sewn together. See it here.

I like sewing the same pieces together on all the blocks – it seems to go faster – I get into a rhythm when I do the same thing over and over.

I have finished step one – joining the 72 purple pointy bits to the 144 trumpet shapes on all of the 18 remaining blocks.

pointy bit unit + orange peel

The next step is to join the orange 72 orange peel shapes to the 72 purple pointy bit units. I’ll be back for another progress report when this step is completed.

Alabama Beauty revisited

Eighteen down and eighteen to go – The other blocks are already printed and cut out – so it’s just a matter of sewing them together. I don’t even remember why I abandoned them so long ago. This is on my list for Quiltfest Jacksonville 2014.

Alabama beauty half done

Eighteen Alabama Beauty blocks

Nine more blocks finished – now to sew them together in a group of nine.

I am very pleased with the way they are turning out. The red “butterflies” are prominent – which I had planned on – but you never know with these Kaffe fabrics – often what I have in mind doesn’t always work out. The yellow/orange print backgrounds are forming the secondary  circles quite nicely – I really wasn’t sure they would

Alabama Beauty blocks #10, 11 and 12


I put the three new blocks up on the wall and they didn’t match the first nine. I have a “map” and the blocks are numbered – but each fabric is not numbered. I have the 16 pieces for each block laid out on a numbered square of flannel. So what was wrong?  I moved them every which way and they still didn’t fit.

I panicked.  I thought somehow I had mixed up the positions of the fabrics in each block – or maybe just some of the blocks. But then…. I thought – maybe I have the set of nine blocks in the wrong position – YES! I flipped it to the right and everything fit. Thank goodness!

How I sew an Alabama Beauty block

This is the first group of 9 blocks – sewn together. There will be a total of 36 blocks – 3 more sets of 9.

In this first group I joined each block – one at a time. I couldn’t wait to see what it looked like – it was exciting seeing it come together. I wasn’t sure the secondary circles would show up – but they do – just enough!

When I finished a row of three blocks I joined them to each other. When I finished the middle row I joined it to the top row and the same for the bottom row.

I haven’t posted any progress on the Alabama Beauty blocks for awhile – but I have been working on them. I discovered that sewing the same pieces together on all 9 block makes it go much faster – I get into a rhythm when I do the same thing over and over.

This picture shows the 16 pieces that make up one block.

1) I sew the two trumpet shaped pieces to the four purple pointy bits. First I have to clip the concave curves on the purple pointy pieces. While I’m at it I clip the trumpet shaped pieces too – because I will have to do it later anyway .

I press it open like this. I do this for all 9 blocks before I move on to the next step.

2) The next step is to sew the four purple pointy modules to the four orange peel shapes. Press and repeat for all 9 blocks.

This is what it looks like from the back after pressing.

3) Now I sew one set of two orange peel modules together.

And then the other – on all nine blocks.

The last step of course – is to sew the two modules together to form a completed block. I start sewing at the center and work out – I find it makes the points meet more accurately.

I am just finishing step two on the ninth block.

This is my method – using Inklingo of course – I cannot imagine sewing a 16 piece block – every single piece is curved – any other way!

Other Inklingoists undoubtedly approach it a bit differently – it took me a few blocks to discover my favorite way of doing it.

Cathi at Quit Obsession is a master at hand piecing – with a special fondness for curved patterns. See Cathi’s wonderful very well  illustrated tutorials on hand piecing  here and here. Whether you use Inklingo or not these are excellent instructions.