The Dragon Fly Block – Pieces Sew-Along
We have been sewing along with Melva from Melva Loves Scraps and her Pieces From the Past sew-along. Just recently released, the ninth block is called The Dragon Fly. This block is a paper-pieced block and a fairly easy one at that with only four pieces. Selecting two coordinating fabrics from our Laurel Burch collection posed a bit of a challenge as we wanted just enough contrast.
Dragon Paper Piecing
In the end, the lovely green fabric with so much movement was chosen as the winner. In this block, only two fabrics are needed.
While I admit that this block is simple as far as paper piecing goes, it wasn’t without issues. I sewed one of the four sections three – yes, THREE – times. Needless to say, I was worried the paper was going to be structurally challenged. In the end, that wasn’t worth worrying about but it was very annoying to pick it out for the second time!
Dog On Dragon Fly Finish
It seems that removing the paper from the back of large pieces like this is a snap. I’d like to thank Mary, from Quilting Is In My Blood, for encouraging and challenging me to give PP a try. I doubt I’ll ever enjoy it as much as she does but I do have to recognize the precision level you can obtain with this process. Also, I no longer pause when PP is required for a project – a win/win all around. I would even make this block again in a heartbeat.
Shortly, we will be sharing our version of The Dragon Fly block on Melva’s website. It is a welcome addition to our growing collection of blocks for this sew-along. There’s still time to join in as well if you’re interested. Melva also shares the letters her grandparents received after WWII from German prisoners who had worked on their farm. The little glimpses of history are just priceless.
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