Friday, January 20, 2012
Another Block Party
Monday was MLK day, and for us bankers, that means a day off. I sometimes joke that I went into banking for 2 reasons - Weekends and Holidays off.
Free Craftsy class. The hostess is Amy Gibbons, and the instructions are easy to follow. The blocks are very easy and fun, and I even learned a little trick about lining up the sections so that they (mostly) match.
Then I made 10 Bento Blocks. Have you ever gotten a bunch of blocks put together and realized that the center block was the wrong size - and therefore the entire block is out of whack? Well, that's what happened to me. Between the computer and the cutting table the center block gained half an inch. Consequently, the whole durn block was the wrong size.
Being only somewhat OCD, I took all the finished blocks apart and put them back together. It wasn't until this morning on the way to work that I realized that since they're going to be sliced anyhow, I could have just cut 1/4" off each side and the blocks would have been fine. More importantly, I would have saved about 4 hours. Oh well...
this block and this one. The ticker tape was fun, but I found it a little tricky to get the pieces the right size. I finally ended up cutting with scissors, which I very seldom do. Instead of straight stitching, I zig-zagged the pieces onto the background. I hate the idea of the block raveling apart. Still, that raw edge look is so popular.... I'm not sure if the circles at the top are dark enough, but I was afraid the fabric would come apart from all the stitching. It actually started to bow up in the center of the circles. Anyway, I hope she likes it.
This Garden Gate block was super easy and fun. It was requested by Alisha in the Fall Bee.
Of course, there was lots more that I wanted to do on the weekend that I didn't get to, but all-in-all, I am satisfied with my progress. This weekend, I plan to sandwich a couple of quilt tops and maybe even try to quilt them, if Penny Pfaff will cooperate.
And after 20 years, my Pfaff 1475 finally has a name. Wonder if it will stick. Somehow, at this moment, it just seems to fit her.