100 Modern Quilt Block Project ~ Chapter 1 ~ Crosses
This morning I completed piecing my first set of blocks, but I have not attempted squaring them off as yet. It was quite the learning process. I fretted and stewed about choice of fabrics, sewed a lot, and ripped a lot, but I had an awful lot of fun along the way. Even though some of the blocks did not turn out the way I would have liked, I still left them so my boo-boos would be there to remind me not to make them again. Some of them are down right awful, but there are a few I will use for my quilt when I finish working through the book. Here are a few of the things I learned:
1. Be VERY careful about the fabrics I choose because they may well sew up differently than expected. By the end of the chapter, I was cutting out small pieces and lining them up exactly like one of the sections of the block to see if the blending was good or bad.
2. Make sure I have fabrics with a pattern cut so that the pattern is going in the correct direction. Also, make sure all my fabrics are all cotton and not a blend.
3. Mark my 1/4 inch seams. Watch my stitches so I don't get off the magic purple line.
4. Study my light and dark contrasting fabrics carefully so that I get the effect the pattern is suggesting.
5. Do not use plaids unless I am willing to be happy with pieces that are not exactly straight.
5. Think of EVERYDAY as a SLOW SUNDAY and take my time. Slow down and smell the roses. Enjoy the flow of the needle and the feel of the fabrics.
Now, it’s time to start Chapter 2 which focuses on rectangles. This book has to be the best Christmas present ever. My daughter definitely knew what her mom would like.
This post is linked with Slow Sunday Stitching ay Kathy’s Quilt.