My friend NancyP is the one who got the idea for some of us to make this quilt. A message from her on Facebook yesterday looking for photos of my blocks made me realize I'd better get cracking. So with a pot of chili on the stove and some 70's music on Pandora, I got busy. Six blocks later, I was glad she got me moving.
These are 6" blocks. Between this project and The Farmer's Wife quilt, I can see where my piecing has greatly improved. Personally I favor mindless sewing and simple quilt patterns, so it was a real kick in the pants when I had to piece the more difficult blocks.
One thing I've learned is to constantly measure after sewing a seam. Even if there were those couple of threads extending off an edge, I trimmed them and squared up my piece. And I always trim up my finished blocks. I place my ruler on the block with a line on the ruler on top the seam line and trim from there. This helps to keep the block square.
There are two schools of thought as far as pressing - steam or no steam. I'm a steam person, and I feel the more the better but press - not iron. I like my blocks to be as flat as possible, and pressing on the front and back of the block help.
I've also started pressing some of the seams open. With the smaller pieces in these blocks, it helps to reduce the bulk. If I have two rows where seams will butt up, I go the usual route of pressing seams to the side.
Audrey already has her top pieced, and NancyP has her red blocks done. Not sure where the rest of the gang is. Girls? I plan to spend this afternoon sewing again. My goal is to get mine pieced so I can give it to NancyZ for the machine quilting. I'm taking inventory of my UFO's and excited that I am challenging myself to get this stuff finished up.