This is Week #2 of the Project Linus 2021 Mystery Challenge QAL. The clues are released on Saturday mornings around 8 AM Central Time.
For those who may not be familiar, Project Linus, through a network of local chapters and volunteers, make & donate quilts, afghans & other handmade blankets to children in need. The quilts and blankets are lovingly made by adults and children from all walks of life and many different sources.
Clue 2 is Chow Time and consists of 4 blocks representing Dog Food in Bowls. One aspect of the Project Linus annual Mystery Quilt Challenge is that a number of techniques are used as well as alternatives, if available. It is perfect for me to learn new skills or practice a skill or two that I don’t use that often. With each clue, a very detailed tutorial video is also released that offers instruction so even a beginner can be successful.
Week #2’s blocks combined two techniques – Raw Edge Applique and Paper Piecing. The dog food is applique and the dish is paper pieced.
As you can tell, I’m going for bright, colorful fabrics. This week’s fabric is from a bundle I bought years ago with bright fabric containing dots. Paper piecing can be a bit frustrating for me and often I feel that I am wasting fabric. These instructions give sizes of strips to use and the result is very little waste. I have the fusible on the back of the brown for the dog food and all the paper piecing strips cut.
I have a tip to share for when you are using the blanket stitch to do raw edge applique. My machine allows me to move the needle’s position right or left. I move it all the way to the right so as I am stitching the edge of the fabric I can just keep the fabric next to the right inside edge of the foot which keeps the stitches all along the raw edge of the fabric.
The remaining construction of this block is paper pieced. Paper piecing is very good to help keep points sharp, but is also helpful when stitching together very small or thin cuts of fabric. The lines on the paper help keep seams straight, but I’ll admit that I can get a bit twisted since I cannot see the fabric. It takes practice and I can count on the Project Linus Mystery Quilt Challenge to give me some experience.
Here are my four dog food bowls. So pleased with how they came out. It’s exciting to see each week’s clues.
So, here are all my blocks for Week #1 and Week #2 (Count Down – 7 more weeks to go!)
This week will be busy and I may not get much stitching accomplished. But for now I am completely caught up on 3 of my 4 Fall 2021 Current Projects. The fourth started yesterday is a work in progress, but I still have until Friday to finish.