Class 160 – lesson 4
Sunday morning after a nice breakfast of pancakes that dh made I hit my sewing room and got busy cutting strips for Interlacing Circles .I needed to have 3 strip sets with different colour combinations to create the 9 patch blocks. Grid size was 1 1/4″ finished so the strips were cut at 1 3/4.
I have been noticing that my strips/blocks have been just a bit , like a few threads , too wide or to narrow recently. So before starting the nine patches I decided to test my seam allowance again. I cut my 1 1/2 inch strips and sewed them together and I took a smidge more seam allowance while sewing them together and perfection the middle strip was exactly 1 inch. So apparently I had drifted a bit since I did that exercise back at the beginning of the book and my seams were not as precise as i had thought recently. that’s what happens when it is almost a year since starting LOL
each strip was exactly 1 1/2″ wide ! perfection!
Filled with confidence went off to sew on the 3rd strip, pressed them and took them to the cutting table to measure and …….
***insert curse words here***
The middle strip which should have finished at exactly 1 1/4 inches was too narrow. I could not believe it. I used exactly the same markings on my machine to sew each seam and it should have been right!! I just don’t get it sometimes!!
So I did what anyone would do I met a friend at Starbucks for coffee 🙂
so unpicking them all had to be done, and then I resewed them with just a slightly narrower seam allowance ( maybe 3 threads or so) they turned out much much better!
this is what they looked like after cutting all the segments I needed for the 16 blocks. I’m liking the colours!
Very carefully I laid out the segments to start sewing the blocks, they had to be just right to make the circles in the design.
I got it right! first time!
I noticed when I was sewing the blocks that the majority of the centers matched pretty darn good, which has been an issue sometimes for me.
I only had a couple where I had to kind of ease and pin them to match AND I also figured out when I do that….. that is what had been causing the unevenness on the edge of some previous blocks.
So note to self when things don’t match up really, really well, REDO them and I will be happier in the end!
All 16 of the 9 patch blocks done!
I wasn’t totally sure the blue fabric was a good fit, but I really like it . the colour in this picture is way bright, it really is like the ones of the strips above.
The Learning curve continues 🙂
monday evening I got the strips cut for the rail fence blocks and also the plain blocks are cut out ready to go.
went to a movie last night so no sewing done and as I have a meeting tonight not likely to get any done then either!
But watch out thursday evening!!
cheers and thanks for dropping in.