It's Y-seams I'm thinking about when I say they're easy in theory. Those five pieces of fabric in this block should be able to be stitched together in a snap.
But they don't sew up as easily as I think they should. This is my first old-style bow tie block. It turned out pretty well, although I had to unstitch several times to get it right. And then, of course, pressing went a long way to help flatten it. This is Block 18 for Cheddarback, a 5" block.
I'm almost finished stitching the applique letters on the upper border of Sweet Land of Liberty. You wouldn't think 18 letters would take very long to stitch but they seemed to go slower than some of the larger applique pieces.
This is the first time I've appliqued onto a large section of a quilt. I noticed that the edges began to ravel. Not a good thing when there's only a 1/4" seam to begin with. I finally decided to cover them with strips of fabric, pinned to hold them in place. How do you deal with raveling edges when you applique?
And last, I want to share a thought about solid color fabrics. I know Kona is really popular, and Moda Bella, too. I find Kona a little hard to hand quilt and I think both Kona and Bella are just a tad rough. A while ago I won a gift certificate (I can't remember from whom or for what online shop) and purchased some brown fabric. It came, I washed it, I made a note what line of fabric it was, then put it on the shelf. I pulled it out to use on Liberty and wow, am I impressed!
It's Riley Blake Confetti Cottons. It's soft, smooth, and easy to stitch -- and I love it. (I know the photo above suggests lines but it's the photo and not the fabric. The color is a solid.) I often use solid color shirts from local thrift shops but if I ever need a color I don't have, I think I'll see if Confetti Cottons has the color I want. (Riley Blake didn't pay me to say this, just in case you're wondering if this is an advertisement. It isn't.)
I'm still missing my Hannah. Sad days at our house.