At the next meeting of the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild, I will be leading a workshop on paper piecing. For this workshop, I wanted to share a pictorial block, my favorite kind of design to create. Because I know that there are some members who are new to paper piecing, I wanted to design a block that was appropriate for a beginner. I also wanted the block to have some interest and allow for a bit of fussy cutting. I also didn't want accomplished paper piecers to be bored.
After struggling with what object to make, I realized that a sewing themed block should be liked by all members of a quilting guild so I settled on a sewing machine. This block has no curves or Y seams. There are only 4 spots where seams have to match up, so that allows for a little practice without a lot of stress. There is also the chance to fussy cut the sewing machine name, or stamp it as I did. I chose "Janome" simply because that's the machine I own. This block also gives you a chance to use some fun sewing themed fabrics and I think we all tend to collect those. I used Grey Labels from the Dressmaking Collection for the "table" where the sewing machine rests and Dictionary Sewing Guide in Black from Mama Said Sew.
I've sent all the members of the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild the pattern to print out in preparation for the meeting (if you didn't receive it, please email me). I have also listed the pattern in my Etsy shop and Craftsy shop in case anyone else wants to try it.