There are four 4 1/2" in this block - and they have direction, too! I'm learning something about this....
the smaller directional prints just won't matter in the look at the end, so...I'm not going to continue "fussing" with fussy cuts (except the large solid blocks).
here I am pressing the Harriet Hargrave way....on the edge of the iron to set that seam - first sprayed with startch!
Harriet suggests that your seams "butt" together - this can not be done if you have pressed your seams the same direction, so I had to stop and repress sometimes, which is perfectly normal....
It's almost Valentine's Day...how do you like that magnetic heart pins & needle holder? Too cuuuute! Here I've repressed and butted, then pinned all seams. We'll see if the corners match up...
Ugh! Instead of chain piecing or taking the time to match up blocks and use a marker (like a bobbin or a paper weight) to keep them in the correct direction, here I am using a complete beginner's technique (well, I guess I am a total beginner). Lesley at www.patchnblock.blogspot.com has this down pat! I set six goals for myself this month and after finishing the CWC BOM for Feb., I'm headed off to the next project in Harriet and Carrie Hargrave's
"Quilter's Academy - Freshman Year" Reading about it is nice, but I've got to DO it! Look at that leftover thread pile...at $25 a cone for 60/3 Presencio thread, that's not good!
Pressing carefully using startch. I read through QA Freshman Year's pressing chapter before embarking on this.
Here is my attempt to line up the flying geese. In the original quilt directions, you won't find flying geese used here, but I really prefer this look, as I will have fewer seams than I would have had otherwise...this was Joy Papke's idea - thanks, Joy!
(Great! Now I'm hungry and all the chocolate strawberries I got for an early Valentine's Day present are already gone!) Vielleicht habe ich zu viel gefressen?! Maybe I pigged out a little too much?!
Stilettos aren't just for shoes anymore...here I'm using what's on hand...my trusty stitch ripper...hey! I didn't have to rip anything when sewing together this block! Now, trust me, that's a first!! (*Dance of Joy*)
|Civil War Chronicles Block of the Month: February|
Here's my final result - I'm really happy with it!