Loyal Union Sampler Block 2/121

Hi everyone,

There hasn’t been much time to sew during the last few days but I did complete the second block of the Loyal Union Sampler from the book by Jennifer Chiaverini. This one is called Abigail’s Swing.

It was a real challenge for me. I haven’t sewn Y seams before and the tiny pieces were very fiddly to work with in the machine. Are Y seams easier to sew by hand I wonder? Anyway, it isn’t perfect but I’m happy with my first effort. I might re-do this one when my skills improve as I make other blocks.

The block is 6.5 inches square and will be 6 inches square when sewn into the quilt.

Abigail's Swing 

It’s time to make a cuppa and read some of your lovely blogs now 🙂

Avis x

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  1. claire93

     /  March 25, 2015

    I really like the optical illusion of this one.

  2. I can barely imagine you haven’t ever sewn y-seams before…. love your blue-in-blue colour combination. Sewing these blocks is a good exercise for our F2F block swap 🙂 … I’m totally fixed on building blocks at the moment… already always looking around for different possibilities of building blocks.

    • No, I’ve done partial seams but not Y-seams. I haven’t been doing patchwork for very long really. There is so much more I want to try. I’ve just finished the 4th block of this sampler and have now put the project away until I get ahead with F2F. May onwards is extremely busy for me.

  3. Very pretty. Will this be a full sized quilt?

  4. I wonder if it could be partially sewn by machine and then finished by hand. Time consuming, but if you really want perfection it might be the answer. I’m quite happy with a little imperfection myself, it shows it was made by a human being, not a machine!

    • It depends what the imperfection is for me. I wouldn’t be surprised if I redo this block. I like my piecing to be as good as I can get it and I much prefer hand-guided quilting to digital designs that can look factory made (in my opinion). Hand sewing would definitely be easier for this block as it is difficult to get it to stay put under the machine foot but that is part of my challenge.

  5. That’s a lovely block but it does look awfully fiddly to do 🙂

  6. witchylin

     /  March 26, 2015

    Your finished quilt will look so different from the one in the book. It is all browns, dark reds and creams. The blue and white gives it a whole new dimension. See how you feel about this block after you have completed a couple more, you may decide to keep it. Y seams are fiddly.

    • Decision made. I’m going to try and make a foundation paper for this one and redo it. This version can be used for something else. However, it’ll have to wait.

  7. ohh very pretty indeed and love the color coordination.

  8. Those are brilliant for your first Y-seams. They are easier by hand, but practice and scale also help.


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