I bought some new AccuQuilt Dies recently. I’m working on some secret sewing lately and making a sample block of this was my reward for getting one of those projects done.
This is called Cleopatra’s Fan. This was not on my wishlist initially. I loved the block, but curves? No, thank you.
Then I watched this video showing how to sew the block together. Suddenly, I thought, I can do that! So in my cart, the die went.
They have grouped the pieces to be cut out of the same fabrics together on the die board. Very handy! I also love that AccuQuilt screen prints the letters of the pieces on the dies.
One tip given in the video, was to leave your pieces on the die board after cutting so you can remember what’s what.
The curves are gentle and there are notches to help line things up. I pinned at the notch for the first few pieces, but I quickly abandoned the pins. I just didn’t need them. I lined up the beginning of the seam, sewed a few stitches and then matched to the notch. I sewed to the notch, then matched to the end of the seam.
There are pressing directions on the package and I did not follow them. Oops! It worked out okay.
The moment of truth, will these bits fit together?
Yes! I’m so pleased with this block! You need to take your time, but the effort is well worth it.
Here is the back. I would have had less bulk if I had followed the pressing directions.
And through the wonders of layout apps, this is what four blocks together could look like.
There are so many possibilities with this block. Wouldn’t it be fun in rainbow colors? Four would make s great center for a medallion quilt. I’m really glad I grabbed this one.
Have a great day!
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