One Bead

Posted by on February 20, 2014 in blocks | 5 comments

Finally got one done….hopefully in time for the sneak peak!!

This was my first attempt at appliqué (that you can really count anyway). I can’t believe how hard it was to make a perfect circle (but it may be just because it was my first attempt). I attempted the foil technique first because it looked easier. After a failed attempt I ended up lightly starching the sides and ironing over my template. It was really hard not having points in sections of my circle. Its a good thing I only needed to use 1/2 the circle because it gave me the option to use the nicer halves for my block lotto submission. If I have the time I may try the inset approach.

Thank you again Sophie for pushing me to try something I haven’t tried before.

Nashville, TN



  1. Yes, you’re in time for the sneak peek. It will go out sometime tomorrow.

    Appliqué, like many things, does get easier/better with practice. I love the fabrics in your block and think your first effort is pretty darn good.

  2. I love the look of your bead blocks…is there someplace to get the pattern? crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

    • Hi if you go back into “at a glance” you should be able to download the pattern and read the tips and various ways to attempt it…they are amazing!

  3. Helen, that is one good looking bead!

  4. Thank you 🙂

    It took me 2 hours and 45 minutes to iron the circles, 30 minutes to sew around with the machine and 5 minutes to assemble the rest. I was almost late picking up my son. It was definately a challenge, it looked so easy…. wouldn’t have guessed it would have taken me so long. Next time I’m trying the freezer paper method (if I can find it) that everyone is talking about.

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