A few weeks ago, I downloaded Katja’s Dresden Dreaming block instructions for the 2018 Aurifil BOM for January after I posted about it, and then I got a little worried. You see, I haven’t done EPP before. It’s not that I am scared, or unsure of how to proceed… it’s that I’m kind of afraid I will LOVE it! Oh well, nothing to do but give it a try and see where it leads, right?
The first step for me was to consider how I am going to approach fabric selection for the BOM for the full year. The theme for the year is “The Places We Go” and the designers are challenged to use black & white fabrics and a color of their choice. After culling through my stash, I hope to use my prints to see me through the year. For this block, I chose to stick with Katja’s suggestion of orange and I was able to select all Carolyn Friedlander prints!
Once the fabric selection was made, I printed out the templates Katja provided and traced them onto heavier stock paper.
I started with the largest piece to gain a bit of confidence using my glue stick and basting the fabric to the templates.
I was surprised at how quickly the basting process went once I got into a rhythm.
And before I knew it, I had joined my first two pieces together! I selected 50wt Aurifil 2220 (Light Salmon) for this combination of fabrics.
I wasn’t sure how far along I would be able to get the block, but I had an unexpected 4 hour delay at an airport…
…and I made a lot of progress. I was able to get all the basting finished and 3 quarter arcs stitched together.
And after that the block came together quickly! I used 50wt Aurifil 1104 (Neon Orange), which matches the center print better, to stitch the center circle down.
I need to give the block a good press and final trim, but since I will be storing it for a year while the BOM continues, I will probably wait on those steps until I am ready to assemble the quilt top.
If you are sewing along, don’t forget to link your block collection up with Pat to enter to win a box of Aurifil thread. All the details about the block and linking up are in Katja’s Dresden Dreaming block post on the Auribuzz blog.