I am thrilled to announce that I am a Maywood Maker for 2022. I am joining a fabulous group of makers–scroll to the end of this post for links to their websites and follow them/us on Instagram.
Every few weeks, Maywood will send us a challenge prompt and some of their fabric. The prompt for February 2022 was a letter. I was assigned the letter D. We could use any technique to make a 12-1/2″ block and create a personal meaning for the letter.
The letter D stands for Dare to Dream!
Here’s a short tutorial on how I made this block.
One fabric we received was a lovely yellow/green/blue ombre. Yes, Gelato!!!
I also had a tone-on-tone white fabric–Solitaire White Geometric.
I decided to cut and piece the ombre fabric into strips with a bit of the white fabric, and then pieced the curved part of the letter D with the inside of the curve cut from the white. I used the techniques that I teach in my curved piecing classes. No templates or measuring–all curves cut freehand with my rotary cutter.
Then, I created the left line of the D from the rest of the strip piece and sewed both sections together.
I created a pieced background from the ombre and the white fabric. I added the pieced D onto the background using MistyFuse fusible.
Then I decided to use a decorative stitch to sew down the D to the block. I auditioned these threads in the photo above and decided to do two lines of stitiching. First, I used a straight stitch in a 50 weight yellow thread (Superior Threads). Then I went back and added a decorative stitch using the blue Isacord thread (50 wt).
Before I added the applique stitches, I fused a piece of fusible sew-in interfacing to the background. I’m not sure what brand–it was in a bag in my fabric closet. It’s probably a Pellon product–it has fusible glue on just one side. This interfacing stabilizes the block and reduces the amount of shrinkage or missed stitches when using a decorative stitch. This interfacing stays in the block and is washable.
Here is the finished block. It measures 12-1/2″ square. I had a lot of fun making this block and I’m really looking forward to the next Maywood Challenge!