Awhile ago, I had set aside these two fat quarter bundles for this QAL - some novelty ocean prints purchased from Back Porch Fabrics in Pacific Grove, California, and a bundle of different blues from Connecting Threads.
This week, I matched up the blues with the prints so I could get started on the first block.
The pair at the top are what I decided to start with - that print reminds me of a place at the Monterey Bay Aquarium called the Open Sea. I cut 8 two inch squares of each fabric and stitched up some 4 patches.
I had practiced my hand-piecing with 2.5 inch squares, and these felt tiny in comparison! I did notice that a scant 1/4 inch seam was important for keeping the dimensions of the finished block correct. The first one I stitched came out a little small.
Here is my final block - a bit wonky, but since I'm considering this QAL a learning experience, I'm going with it!
Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts and Kristin at Simple. Handmade. Everyday for the Hand-Pieced QAL!
a good start for sure!
I haven't hand pieced in forever. Your block looks beautiful!
Looks great! It will be a wonderful quilt.
Great block and I love your fabrics!
Great block - thanks for joining the Hand Pieced QAL link-up!
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