Friday, August 29, 2008

Block 2 is Done!

Today was the day for me to cut and sew block #2 of Judy's Star BOM project. I was happily cutting the fabric and thinking that I don't usually enjoy the cutting part as much as the sewing part, but that this time it was kind of fun because of the challenge of the 16th's. I obviously felt good about the cutting and moved onto the "fun part." Okay, so today it wasn't as fun because I not only cut the wrong fabric for some of the triangles, but I also cut the inner border, that we had the option to mitre, too wide. Of course, I realized that the mitre was too wide AFTER I finished sewing it on. I had already cut out the second set of triangles to replace the wrong ones so I was borderline annoyed/grumpy with myself (I guess I could have used what I cut but I am a rule follower and thought that wouldn't do). Anyway, I tried to trim the mitre but figured that this would only work if I had done everything else perfectly and even then it would be iffy. Somewhere in my quilting education, someone has said never cut a block to adjust it, so I try not to. Needless to say, it really didn't work and would have looked really bad if I had left it as is. I have too much quilting pride for that so I cut another border and at the last minute decided one mitre was enough for today, so I just sewed the border on as regular strips.

I am happy with it. I only wanted to do the mitre to prove that I could, to myself ,and if I am being honest, to the rest of the quilty gals making these blocks. I took a picture of the removed mitre and of the two different strips that I cut.

It was still fun and I have learned from this block. The picture doesn't show any contrast between the light green and the light pink, but it looks better in person. Thanks again Judy for providing the patterns and opportunity. I am looking forward to block number 3!
While I was in the sewing room taking pictures, I snapped a few of my favorite things in the room. One is this one of a cat quilt I made a long time ago:

I love the funky and fun look of these gals. I also took a picture of my pincushion collection:

These pincushions are right above my mini Raggedy Anns and teddies, two other things I love. And finally I took this picture:This makes my room look tidy, but it really isn't. It is a super small room. I am sure some of you have closets that are bigger! I am happy just to have the space to sew and admire my favorite things. It makes the mistakes much easier to handle when I can look around at the things that make me smile. I hope you all are smiling today. Debbie


JudyL said...

Looks great! I think the rest of the blocks will be much easier. Had I thought ahead, I would not have put the first 2 blocks first but they're done and it should be smooth sailing from here. It was for me anyway. Thanks again for participating and for sharing your blocks. The fun part for me is seeing everyone else playing along!

Kristin said...

I love your sewing room! It looks super cozy. Especially with Raggedy Ann looking over your shoulder. =)

Martha said...

I'm glad you challenged yourself to do the mitred square - it looks good!

So we both grew up in Loudoun! I graduated from Broad Run High School, in 1977...I'm giving away that I'm getting old! haha Are you in a guild? I belong to Haymarket QU. We do a retreat once a year with the Waterford guild.

Are you going to do Bonnie Hunter's new mystery on the Quiltville blog site?

Perry said...

Sometimes I think small sewing rooms are easier to keep neat looking looking than bigger rooms because there is less area to cover, lol. Yours looks terrific. And you blocks look really good!