This is the second month of Jacobean Journey Quilt and this month we were assigned to do two blocks - C4 and D5. I'll discuss block D5 in another posting just to space things out a bit. I have to admit I'm glad we didn't start out with these two blocks first, although that's what Hoopsisters starts you out with.
At our last class, there were approximately 20-30 women there who were doing one of two Hoopsisters patterns, either Jacobean Journey or Feathered Star. Those who brought their blocks in did a little show-n-tell and all of them looked really good and everyone seemed really pleased with everyone else's.
TIP: Prepare all your fabric first! Cut the appropriate fabric given in the instructions for each block and iron it. I used a light spray starch just to stiffen up the fabric a little but you don't have to.
This block was fairly straight forward and turned out really pretty. If you have the pattern, we used Fabrics, 1, 3 and 4 and all 4 coordinating threads and there's a lot of stitching, over 27,000 in this one. If you want to watch the whole thing the video is below.
First, stitch your placement area. Using water soluble thread in the needle, stitch down fabric 4 and trim. Using thread B, stitch the decorative stitching. Switch back to WS thread and stitch down fabric 1 then fabric 3. At this point you have to trim those two fabrics or you can trim them individually. Then stitch down fabric 1 and trim and then fabric 3 and trim. Once all your fabric is down, you will do all the decorative stitching, add the backing and then the final quilting.
Part 1 video for block C4:
Part 2 video for block C4: