I had two more blocks to piece to finish this row of Nearly Insane and they're done.
This is block 5. She was easy to piece.
The last block was the block with the most pieces, #17 with 109 pieces. First I decide on the values. I wanted the star points to stand out so those were marked as dark. Fussy cut flowers would be nice so I marked which blocks they were. The other flowers were differentiated.
After the paper was marked, I made a master copy to refer to when I put the blocks together. I don't do this for every block, only the ones with a large amount of pieces.
When the values are marked, I decide how to cut the paper apart for piecing. It broke down fairly easily, square in squares and then the outside finishing blocks.
I piece each section of blocks, then lay them out for a look. I want to make sure I have the right fabrics in the right place.
Then I turn them over to the backside and sew them together.
I trim the block to size and remove the paper then give her another good press.
The stars show up nicely. That is what I was hoping would happen but you never know how the block is going to look until she is finished.
I used a new fabric in this block. Aren't those little elephants cute? They make a nice change from the flowers.
The blocks are sewn into a row and attached to the body. I'm still able to get her on the display wall. She hangs off some but I enjoy looking at her.
I had been placing the blocks the way the Nearly Insane book had them but I mixed this row up. I noticed a white section was starting to form on the left bottom side. I mixed the blocks so the light and dark blocks were more evenly distributed.
Two more rows and then the center will be half way finished!
The Amaryllis have started to bloom. This one is apple blossom. The flowers are so cheery. I don't keep track of which bulb is which color so each plant is an adventure.
In November I potted 6 bulbs and took them on my family's Christmas gathering in December. I also took along 10 bulbs. The pots were all taken and half of the bulbs too.
My sister sent a photo of her flowers. That light orange color is nice and bright in this gloomy winter we are having this year.
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