Saturday my sister and I attended the Moroccan Lantern class by Jen Carlton-Bailly (bettycrockerass.com). Kathy chose to make the largest size Drunkard's path blocks at 6.5" while I chose the 3.5" size. Jen's method included what she called "slop" in the templates, to allow for trimming to size after stitching. It was a bit hard to wrap your head around the placement of colors at first, but fun to play with them!
I webbed mine together while sewing to avoid turning the pieces out of order. The smaller size is really cute but definitely fussier to stitch. Jen was a fun teacher and made many rounds of the room helping, chatting, and showing techniques. I had no problems with the Essex Linen though several guild members expressed their prior difficulty with this type of fabric. One thing about a darker background is the ability to use lighter prints without them getting lost in the background, which I enjoyed using from the charm pack of Wing and Leaf.
My finished block. There is some incorrect trimming leading to non-matching points, but overall I enjoyed putting this together and will press on to complete more blocks. I think a wall-hanging of 3-5 blocks would be fun and give me a chance to use lots more prints and colors. My sister took Jen's other curved sewing class today, which included a lot of improv, and we will get to see her trunk show at our regular guild meeting Monday evening.
Our guild has a challenge block monthly, which members are encouraged to donate for philanthropy quilts. This month we went with our Fair Theme, "Rooted in Tradition". I had pinned a block on our guild Pinterest board some time ago and had fun making this modernized Churn Dash block from a tutorial at 42 Quilts for her Modern Monday series.
I offset it when adding sashing to get it to the guild's desired 12.5" size, with the block being 6" finished. So cute! I had a lot of fun stitching this up. There was also a lot of cutting in the sewing room today for the Cross Reference couch quilt for my son, still in progress. More on that for tomorrow's Design Wall Monday.