Before I crashed early once again on Saturday, I managed to get some sewing done (two weekends in a row - what the heck???). Family - if you are reading, I once again ask that you stop here. In fact, let's just declare the blog off-limits until Dec 25th. Please and thank you.
So far, I have sewn twelve of the squares inside of squares ( of 24) and 24 of the square in the corner blocks. These are destined to become a lap quilt for Father.
I started with a sketch. I'd bought fabric a month or so ago and just couldn't pick a block style. I wanted something masculine but everything I saw was just too fussy... I came up with the design above, calculated how many of each piece I'd have to cut from how many strips and when rotary-cutter crazy. Then I realized that *I* was crazy. My piecing has been dodgy. I have not been able to sew a scant 1/4" since, well.... ever. And here I have several pieces that would end up with a 1/2" width. Yeah, this ought to go well.
Then I thought, "Hmmm, based on my success with the Winter Woolies a couple of weeks ago, maybe I should paper-piece it..." So I made a template and that's what I did. Because I'd already cut the fabric, I am finding that it takes a bit of pinning to make sure that it ends up in the right place when you sew it. I can't chain-piece and it is taking me a lot longer to sew but the results are so precise, it's entirely worth the extra effort. Plus, this block combo is very forgiving when it comes to finished size. If I find I'm running shy of 9.5", these can trim to 9.25" without ruining them. Yay!
|This photo turned out super-saturated for some reason. Bad lighting + tomato red = vintage 70s look?|
Total finished this weekend:
-12 fiddly paper-pieced squares ( plus 24 easy blocks from last weekend)
-two quilt backs (one for the lap quilt, one for a top finished last weekend)
-couple of metres of double-fold bias binding in a particular shade of purple to match the fabrics I chose from Seester's gifts
Long-suffering, patient, neglected friends seen:
-none, but in my defence, I once again fell asleep at the dinner table on Friday. Driving is never a wise decision when you've come ever-so-close to mashed potatoes up the nose.
Percentage of body and spirit restored:
-nearly 100%, ready for another week!