Pretty Playtime Quilt Along Week 3: Bow Block

Hope everyone has made your first Dragonfly block from our Pretty Playtime Quilt Along. If not, hop over to Erin's blog to read about her pretty version of the block. I simply love her fabric choices and fantastic sewing. 

This week I'll be sharing the Bow Block and well, I really had a good time sewing the bows! First, they are very pretty and dainty. Secondly, it has been such a long time since I sew with my sewing machine! It must have missed me a lot so it was a breeze for me to make the block. I am so happy to be sewing with my machine again.

I had a tough time choosing the fabrics because this talented Elea Lutz has designed so many beautiful fabrics so it was so hard to choose just four. After much procrastinating, I selected two from Elea's previous collection "Milk, Sugar & Flower" and remaining two from her current collection "Strawberry Biscuit" (Thank you Julia from Riley Blake Designs for the really speedy posting of the Strawberry Biscuit fabrics!).

Here's my Block 2: Bow Block. It's a bright and cheerful block with my favourite blue, yellow, turquoise and pink!

Sewing the block was not difficult. The instructions are clear and understandable. Since the four bows are the same, it makes sewing so much simpler too!

The top bow units were made pretty fast. I pressed all the seams towards the bow.

I was a little confused when sewing with the streamers units. I overlooked the template on the next page since I was too eager to start sewing. So it took me some time to figure out how to trim the streamers. I printed out the template, cut and glued it on a rather thick cardboard before cutting it out again for easier rotary cutting.

Well, when I got everything sorted out, the rest of the sewing came together so quickly that I could hardly stop. I just sew and sew till the block was completed! I'm really so thankful to learn new techniques with rotary cutting and fabric assembly to make the streamers since handsewing is a whole lot different. It was an eye opener and so much fun seriously!


How I pressed the seams for the whole bow block.

And so, this is my version of the block versus Elea's one in the book. This book is truly wonderful. I think I'm going to make every block to learn something new each time. 

Thank you Fat Quarter Shop for asking me to join this quilt along. Every week there will be a blogger to share her block. Here's the list of fabulous bloggers participating in this Pretty Playtime Quilt Along:

Week 2 - Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 - Wynn from Zakka Art

Week 4 - Anorian from Samelia's Mum

Week 5 - Amy from Diary of a Quilter

Week 6 - Renee from Sewn with Grace

Week 7 - Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon

Week 8 - Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 - Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 - Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset
Week 11 - Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 - Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 - Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 - Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 - Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 - Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast

You can get the Pretty Playtime Quilts book here. Come, sew together with us! xx

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Kristin said...

I love your fabric choices on this Wynn! I am almost finished with mine and I agree it came together easily. I would never be so so brave to show the back of my block! Yours is so neat and tidy.So glad that you are sewing along too.

E. Lutz said...

Wynn!!! Oh my goodness … such beautiful, sweet bows. It's such an honor to see your block from Pretty Playtime Quilts. I've long adored your gorgeous work and so exciting to see your inspiration. Beautiful!! Thank you so much for inspiring us all. And also for the sweet words - means a lot. Hugs, Elea xoxo