Printmaking Paper Pieced Block

Amy FriendChristaQuilts, cocorico bee, paper piecing, sew me a song14 Comments

I’ve been a member of the Cocorico Bee for a little over a year now.  We’ve just completed round one of the bee (or are completing as there are still some late blocks) and there was talk of a second round. I asked if we could push it off for a few months in order to give us time to make our blocks from the last round into quilts.  I’m trying to focus on spending some time on this task since I suggested it after all!
I had the bee members make me blocks with the Art Studio theme.  You can see them here.
I wanted to at least make one block of my own to incorporate into the quilt so I decided to start with a printmaking block.  I used a linoleum block print that I carved and printed for the block itself.  The background fabric is a textured solid by Moda (I can’t remember where I got it), and the brayer metal and handle are both shaded cottons. The sides of the rubber block are made from Lizzy House’s Bracelet in White.
I had to take a picture of the fabric brayer with the real life model next to it.  This brayer has seen a lot of use.  My best friend from childhood gave me a gift certificate to an art store for my birthday one year when I was in junior high and I bought this brayer and carving supplies. I only just replaced the brayer this winter because it was so warped. I think I am going to have to keep it for sentimental reasons. 
I am contemplating a couple more blocks but I am also anxious to start putting them together!  One suggestion I received from a reader was a photography block.  I really do love that idea but I am not sure I can pull it off without applique.  I’ll have to think on it a bit.