So I was cutting out a 2 1/2″ square and I caught myself thinking, “this is a pretty big square”. If you had asked me a month ago if I thought I would be sewing up blocks with squares smaller than 2 1/2″ I would have thought you were crazy. I don’t do small… or I didn’t before. Making the 6″ finished squares in the Moda Sampler Shuffle has already taught me a lot about sewing but also a lot about myself. First of all, it’s always a good idea to give something a try before you swear it off completely. And second- don’t sweat the small stuff.
Here’s a look at the week three blocks (and yes that is snow behind them courtesy of today’s weather!)
I have to admit I was a little intimidated by Block 7 when I first looked at the pattern. All I saw was a lot of little tiny pieces and the dreaded flying geese. I thought maybe I’d pick a busy fabric so that you couldn’t see my errors. It worked, but I also found that this block isn’t as bad as it looks.
My advice is to take your time and pay attention to the details: accurate cutting, accurate piecing, and definitely accurate pressing. And remember it’s okay to press your seams open when you find you have a lot of them meeting up in the same place. Just be careful not to pull on the seams as you press.
And finally, I hearby give you permission to make this block and then toss it to the side and make a different block that you like better if it doesn’t turn out the way you want. No one will ever be the wiser!
Click on the link below for the pattern of Block 7 designed by Primitive Gatherings
Block 8 was my little ray of sunshine this week. It caused me no headaches, was fun to make, and I loved picking out the fabrics I was going to use. When I first looked at the Block 8 pattern I stared at it for about 5 minutes trying to figure out why in the world they had me cutting 4 squares 2″ of exactly the same fabric and then sewing them back together in a four patch for the center square. In the end I think it’s because they recommended you use a jelly roll (which is only 2 1/2″) so you wouldn’t be able to get the 3 1/2″ square you need for the center.
Well, I’m not one to add work to my block so I did it my way and cut a 3 1/2″ square for the center of my block (instead of piecing the 4 patch).
I like the way it turned out better than piecing the center because otherwise I would have had to worry about the direction of my fabric design. A helpful tip in sewing this block is to press your fabric towards that center fabric design wherever it is in your block. Thank you Little Miss Shabby designs for this delightful block to make!
Click on the link below to download the Block 8 pattern
And finally Block 9…. don’t get me wrong it started out fine. And actually I was quite proud of myself when I was all done with the block. Then I took it over to put it with the rest of my completed blocks and realized it was way bigger!!!!!
What had happened? I couldn’t believe I was 1/2″ bigger all the way around. There had to be an explanation for it to be so accurate and yet so not accurate.
So I went back to my pattern and took a closer look. And then I saw it- Trim to 2″ x 2″. I was supposed to trim each of my pieced half square triangle blocks down to 2″ after I pieced them the first time. So I looked at my finished block and measured one of the pieced half square triangles to see how far off they were. 1 5/8″ instead of 1 1/2″- only 1/8″ off, but when you multiple that by four blocks in each row there you have my 1/2″. Bummer!
On the bright side- what a great example of how being just a little bit off can multiple until your whole quilt is off. Let’s just say I did it on purpose to teach everyone a great lesson in accuracy. As for the future of my block, I’m undecided. I may make a new one or maybe not- I might just trim 1/2″ from the block and create my own unique design. I guess you’ll have to wait until you see my finished quilt to see what I end up doing.
Click on the link below for the Block 9 pattern designed by Jen Kingwell. PS- it’s helpful to press your seams towards the dark fabric as you go.
Happy sewing to you all, until next time- Katie