Sunday, June 10, 2007
And NO I'm not going to subject you to a post for each of the 36 blocks! But while making this block I got thinking and it's the thinking that inspired the post. The block picture is just eye candy. :-)
So what lightbulb moment did I have to make me stop stitching to blog it? I've discovered I LIKE making just 1 block at a time. Taking my time to make each piece work together just right with the next. NOT doing the normal zoom-zoom piecing I usually do. Not stacking the like pieces from 20 blocks and doing all those steps at one time. But making 1 single block at a time. I REALLY dislike making HST. I hate marking the lines, sewing on both sides, cutting apart, pressing, and trimming to size. I do it because I like the accuracy I get when done this way. But multiply those steps by all HSTs in 20 blocks and I get overwhelmed. And usually put my project aside for awhile - if not forever. But when done 1 block at a time all the work to get nice HSTs isn't quite a chore. And I have to say both of these blocks are about as perfect as I've ever made a block. Not 100% as there are a few spots that don't match exactly but finished size wise I can drop my 12-1/2" ruler over them and neither one is more than 1/16" of an inch off at any place.
I'm not saying I'll never do zoom-zoom piecing again as sometimes you just need to see quick results. But there will be more 1-block-at-a-time quilts in my future.