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Block of the Month 3 – Brown Goose

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, Between travelling Ireland on holidays to visit my parents, and the “rentrée” this month with my son starting crèche, I’ve been pretty busy! Also, my son is getting a lot more active so it’s harder to find time to craft!

Here is part 3 of my Block of the Month series. The first month I made the “Anvil” block, and the second month, I made a block called “Barbara Frietchie’s Star”. This month, I tackled the “Brown Goose” block. It apparently was so-called because it was originally made from brown calico fabric. This block is also known as the Double Z block, or the creepy Devil’s Claws block.

The first two months of this project I had some problems with my points and accuracy. Now this month my block is not perfect but it is much improved. There are a couple of reasons for this: firstly, instead of just trying to get a 1/4″ seam, I actually drew around my template and followed the lines. I know that’s more time consuming but it does make a difference. Secondly, I TOOK. MY. TIME! Really it was important for me not to rush: this isn’t a race, if I skip a month, I’m not going to stress about it. So I’m happy enough with the results.

How do you improve your accuracy when piecing blocks?