|I was sewing the pink and yellow squares together today. And then cut them apart again. It's a Quilt-thing.|
Yes dear Puffins... I sewed today! Unfortunately there are no photos as I lost the daylight before I could take any. I sewed half-square triangles for Dgd3's quilt. And realized once again that piecing is NOT a race but I need to use the tools that help (The Angler Half-Square Triangle guide) and to go slowly. After I started trimming dog-ears off the first of the blocks I realized I had some VERY misshaped pieces. So I started stitching more slowly. After I had both stitch lines done but before I cut the HST apart, I measured the space between the stitching. If it was anything other than exactly 1/2", I ripped out the stitching and did it again. Thankfully by sewing more slowly, I only had to do that about 1/3 of the time.
I realized I was not holding the corners firmly as I sewed and the beginning part of the stitching had a tendency to go a bit catty-wompus on me.
102 individual squares of 2 colors, sewn together and cut apart makes for alot of HST blocks to be pressed and trimmed. I sew about 10, then do the pressing and trimming, so I can catch any problems in a bunch. It's easier to resew 10-20 HST than 50 or more at a shot. Besides if I waited and had not found I was having a problem early on, I probably would have had to remake most of those blocks and I don't have that much extra fabric. (And no idea where I got this to buy more.)
Anyway... that is how I spent my Saturday afternoon and plan to spend some of my Sunday the same way. And my computer has decided to get sick now too. I fear the hard drive is going out on me so as soon as my friend & repair tech gets the new one, I'll be "gone" for a few days. It'll be hard, but I have that sewing and plenty of new books and I've been wanting to crochet some washcloths. I will not be starting my Spring Cleaning. *grin*
One final word of wisdom.... if you have not done so already.... get yourself an external hard drive and BACK UP YOUR COMPUTER NOW! You'll be glad you did.
** "OUT: Focusing on your mistakes
IN: Focusing on your fabulousity" ~Mark Lipinksi, Quilt Designer & Magazine Editor