Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I Am A Block Head

This past week I started working on a couple of blocks of the month (BOM). One of the BOM's was actually from my LQS in 2011. Seems like even longer ago. I got the first block and tried to put it together. I had recently retired and was re-acquainting myself with my sewing machine. I had that machine for 10 years, but had done very little sewing on it. I kept stitching the block and then taking out the stitches. I could not seem to get a 1/4" seam. I put the block together, but I was not satisfied. Plus, the day I picked it up was the day Gabby Giffords and others were shot. So, that put a negative spin on it, too. I set the whole project aside until this past week. Do you ever get discouraged and just set your project aside for long periods?

A few days later I realized all I had to do was press a button on my machine and the needle would move over. It makes a perfect 1/4" seam. Well, duh! But, for some reason I kept collecting my blocks from the quilt shop each month and just stored them away. Recently, I got that block out and ripped all the seams and re-stitched it. I love it! The quilt is a star sampler made with civil war reproduction prints.
I cut out the next star and stitched it. It had a really fun trick for putting it together. I like it better than the first one.
My hubby is always asking me who I am making a particular quilt for. He loved this one, so I told him it was for him. Of course, it is large enough for our bed. I'll be able to enjoy it, too.

Since I was on a roll, I made the first block of my Blackbird Lane BOM quilt. You can see a photo of the pattern here. I am still ranting somewhat about this BOM experience. When I got ready to make the first block there was no black print fabric. I called and they sent a very large piece of black print. I made the first block. Wish that plaid fabric had been straighter.
Yesterday they sent the fabric for this month. But, still no instructions on what they are for. I am almost afraid to cut into them. Guess I'll work on civil war stars until I know for sure.

What are you working on today?


Design Originals by KC said...

Glad you are enjoying these blocks... and whichever machine you happen to be piecing on :) I think my fave is the one in the middle that you liked too.. maybe you could share a tutorial on how they made that difficult looking block turn out easy! lol Thanks for blogging your successes :) Kathi

Ellen said...

Great blocks...I kinda like the crooked plaid fabric!

Carrie P. said...

my hubby asks the same thing about quilts. I like your blocks.

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