I didn’t spend a huge amount of time in the sewing room this weekend, sewing anyways! I did some scrap sorting as my little bins were getting stuffed and another solution needed to be found. That was saturday evening , Sunday morning I got downstairs and got the fabric straightened for the next project in Quilters Academy vol 1. This one is a Double Irish chain baby quilt and is a continuation of our lessons in working with combined grids.
Here is my fabric for this project. the carousel horses is the background and the ribbon fabric will either be part of the border or the backing. The quilt itself has narrow borders of each of the main colours. I am using the mauve to replace the blue in the quilt that is shown in the book.
You know i think this is my first project that uses actual plain solid colour fabric! I tend to gravitate towards the prints and tone on tones. but am trying to branch out 🙂
The first thing to do after straightening is to cut strips for the 18 block A’s.
3 different sets to make … rows 1 & 5 are the same , rows 2 & 4 as well and row 3 is well all on its own!
Each strip set has 5 strips with different colour combinations that are then cut into segments and pieced into the blocks.
Here are my strips laid out. the shorter ones are half strips, for rows 1,2,4, & 5 as each needs 1 1/2 strip sets. so these are all the rows , but of course i mucked it up! the two outer rows here are really for the center, row 3. rows 2 and 4 are correct and of course the one with the two light strips is row 1 and row 5.
I think i need a new ruler to cut strips…… I use my 6″ by 24″ , the book suggests using a narrower ruler, but i find my 3 by 24 slips more when cutting. so i use the wider one. but it is one that has little black lines with yellow highlight around them on the one inch lines and i think i am cutting my strips a bit too wide as i had some trimming to do on some of these and some of the inside strips were not the right width when i checked them , had to do a couple over. And i am still getting some curves and wobbly spots on my strips when pressing. I am trying to follow the directions but still having difficulties. I have some square rules that have very narrow lines and no highlights but i dont have a long narrow one for cutting stips yet. I like the narrow lines.
so I have cut some of the strips into their 1 1/2 inch segments and of course had to sew one block together. 😀
I had no issues with the seams not butting , they were all perfect on this one!! yay!! but i forgot to trim and check the width after adding the 3rd and 4th strips on…….. and you guessed it they were not the correct width! I think i cut the segments a smidge to wide and then i was sewing without having the edge right against the barrier strip i have. so some un sewing was called for , some trimming and then some re- sewing and all is well in my little world of blocks now! but i am glad i didn’t chain piece a bunch before finding out these things! and another thing the background of the carousel horses is a directional print sooooo i am going to have to be CAREFUL as i would like no horses to be standing on their heads.
No sewing happened at all on monday evening…. meh!
this evening I managed to get 11 more blocks done. for a total of 12 of the 18 block A’s finished.
All the seams butted very precisely! , I did sew the odd wrong strip on and had to pick out and re sew LOL
I used less steam when pressing the seams and that seemed to work better…. less stretching!
I hope to get the rest of the Block A’s done thursday evening.
I don’t know what i am going to do if i finish this quilt in the next few days! I bought a fat quarter bundle a week or two ago to use for the last quilt in the lessons and it had a pale buttery creamy ivory in it. perfect for the background fabric. but nobody here has any. I tried the store where i got it but they dont have it in yardage.
I finally found some last week on Etsy and it is on its way as of last friday i think. so it will be another 10 days probably before it gets here.
I might start with the borders on the other quilts, or maybe do a few of the Designer block of the month blocks from the Fat Quarter Shop.
anyways right now i am deciding i need to go to bed 🙂