Or as i am calling this quilt now, “Shades of Grey” I was going to call it 5o shades of grey but didn’t think there were that many shades! This quilt only uses 4 different fabrics and here are mine, I really love the green i got for this quilt.
I got busy on wednesday last week and did most of the small 4 patches, there are 4 in each of the 24 blocks……. seems like sooooo many , well 96 to be exact! they didn’t really take too long. I did have to cut one more strip of the green and med grey to get enough units to make the patches. In fact i thought i might run out of the green but thankfully i didn’t. Saturday morning i really got going and finished up all the 4 patches for block A.
Next each of these 2 1/2 inch blocks is sewn onto strip of the med grey fabric which is cut 21/2 inches wide and then they are cut and squared up so you end up with units like this.
there are 2 in each block, for a total of 48 , all sewn together before i noticed the error……. Do you see it? The green is supposed to be running diagonally in a line through the middle!!! I don’t know how i missed it ! I spent a quiet 90 minutes watching a british murder mystery with dh while unpicking all 48 units and pinning them back together ready to be sewn up properly .
Sunday I got back to it with the intention of getting all the block A’s done . Everything went pretty well I paid very close attention to the pressing directions in the book and all the seams were butting up properly for the most part. I did have a couple that although they were pressed the correct ways the alignment was off a bit so i un sewed them and re did them so the seams matched up and everything was hunky dory. I did need to cut one more strip of the light grey and charcoal to make the larger 4 patch blocks in block A. Not sure where i went wrong but at least i had enough fabric. I didn’ t quite get them all done on sunday evening. Still had about 10 to finish sewing up when i had to end for the evening and head to bed.After the movie ended I went down to the sewing room and sewed them all back together the correct way and then called it a night!
I am loving how they are looking…..
I did have some help in my sewing room on sunday . My cat Roxy hung out in the sewing room with me but it didn’t taker her long to reveal why she was there!…. everytime i got up from my chair at the sewing maching to go press and trim , Roxy would jump up on my chair, curl up and start snoring!!
I got all of the 24 blocks finished up monday evening after work!
What have I learned from doing these first 24 blocks? and how will I apply that to making 24 Block B’s?
1) I must be more careful with pressing strips, especially the narrow ones. the strips for the small 4 patchs are cut 1 1/2″ wide and then sewn together, they seemed to get a bit curvy here and there . Will have to watch that!
2) follow the pressing guide given in the lesson! I had no problems on Block A, and will follow again for Block B.
3) I must pay extra attention to sew the small 4 patch/plain square units together! check them out before sewing and pressing.
4) make sure i am using the same side of the line on my ruler when cutting strips/or trimming blocks.
5) take extra care to keep seams straight at the beginning and end of a row of stitching. I had a few areas on the odd block that were a bit smaller than they should have been IE: when squaring up the block a small bit, usually on the corner that were not out to the line on the ruler. never a huge amount. and i tried to make sure i compensated for that on the next seam. But i need to be more careful to avoid things like that.
6) Slow Down! this is my hobby , and i am not in a race!!
Before heading down to the sewing room this evening i would like to share a couple of pics of my oldest son Andrew with the pillow i made him for Christmas. It is called “Scythe Pillow” designed by Katy of I’m a Ginger Monkey. When i first saw the name for the design i knew i had to make it for him. We both love the british series “Blackadder” starring Rowan Atkinson and there is a line in one of the episodes that refers to a scythe and we both quote that a lot when we get together. So it was perfect, he laughed a lot when i told him the name of the design and knew why i had chosen it for him!
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