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Aug 1, 2014

Vice Versa Block of the Month Club - August

Aug 1, 2014
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August Vice Versa blocks are here! This is such a fun block called Arkansas Snowflake.  Isn't it pretty?  We're using templates to make one portion of the block.  Perhaps a chance to try something new?  Are you groaning and mad at me?  Don't worry - the template is only a small part - not the whole block.  A good chance to dip into it with most of the block pieced in a traditional way.  Remember these blocks have been getting progressively harder.  This is the last one.  Next month's block is a setting block.

Below is the traditional block - Block [A].  

And it's inverse, Block [B].  
Fabric is Pure Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics for my version of the BOM.

I also look forward to seeing your version in our flickr group!

**A yearly subscription to Vice Versa is available for $15 here**
**Or, you can purchase each block individually for $1.50 here in the shop.** 
Feel free to join in the fun with us anytime throughout the year.  For all the details on Vice Versa, go here

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Jul 29, 2014

"Mental" Block

Jul 29, 2014
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I've been avoiding this block all month.  It's for one of my guild besties Cristin in our guild bee.  I wanted to make a good one for her.

It wasn't until I finally sat down yesterday to begin that I was able to fully realize what my problem was.  I know how to paper piece.  I have made a Circle of Geese before in fact.  Just once.  And as I worked, I realized it was the block I learned to paper piece on.  I worked methodically through the odd angles of this block and remembered the frustration I felt on that first block.  It flooded back to me like deja vu.

Of course!  No wonder I'd been avoiding this quilt block.  I have a mental block on the Circle of Geese - trying to erase the memory of the frustration, anger and cussing that occurred with the first one. :) Although I love the look (and this one went together easily compared to the first) - I still have bitter taste in my mouth from that learn-to-paper-piece experience.

Obviously, I've been burned by this. But I didn't realize it until now. Getting through this bee block was all mental.  Does anyone else have a "mental" block?  Or am I just crazy?




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Jul 25, 2014

Vice Versa BOM: July Inspiration Mosaic

Jul 25, 2014
Pin It Well, here we are at the end of July.  It seems summer is slipping by too quickly!  I really can't believe how fast this summer is going.  And it seems as though most of you feel the same way too.  There were very few who uploaded Vice Versa BOM July pics to the flickr group this month!  It's definitely that time of year where sewing takes a back seat to nice weather.

Don't worry if you are behind!  I hope that by finishing up this BOM a little early, it will leave you time to catch up and finish the quilt if you are intending to gift it to someone for the holidays.  Did I really just say that??  Well, yes... let's face it, a sewist's holiday sewing really does usually start in July.

Below are some beautiful Fox & Geese blocks from July's pattern.  This really was a tough one with so many small geese.  Remember to be patient with this block!
August's block will be available exactly one week from today, on August 1, 2014. 

Sew with us here if you are not a part of the fun already!
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