Wednesday was the day of a singing sewing machine. I haven’t cut the white parts of the blocks yet, but I consider them more of sashing, so the blocks are done as per Wednesday evening! I also tried to find some kind of good rhythm to them, which proved to be quite a challenge. Here they are, lined up in five rows of five blocks each.
The photos are pretty horrible (shot late Wednesday evening), but maybe it’s possible to look past their quality? Anyway, these are my first blocks that I’ve finished and there are some things I’d like to mention at this point. First of all, the fabrics; during cutting I was cutting as close to 10” and the other measures as I was able to, but already during sewing together two different types of fabrics, it was clear to me that fabrics do indeed stretch, some quite a lot!
Another thing I didn’t think I’d be able to do was sewing without pins, but I did because they stick together. No matter how perfectly the two pieces were lined up at the start of a seam, the stretching caused in some cases a nice little gap between strip lengths. This thing is doomed! Unless you pick fabrics from the same manufacturer, same line, and so on, you should apparently expect stretching to happen. Great lesson to learn!
As I was finished cutting all the strips, I moved on to a huge puzzle, the pairing of fabrics. Oh my, what a challenge! I spent a long time shuffling the strips back and forth, swapping already done pairs with others to get more balance. It was a relief to tackle the task with a beginner’s spirit, fearless and open-minded, because I’m not sure I’ll ever pick fabrics the same way as I did for this quilt (I might make “safe” choices then).
The hardest part of the puzzle was placing the blocks in some kind of order that wouldn’t be too awful on the eye. Combining warm and cool greens was the biggest win as well as loss and what remains to be seen is how my decisions above will make the quilt top look in the end. There are a couple of blocks that I’m a bit hesitant about, but I’ll give them a chance and the benefit of doubt; let’s cut the sashing first and sew them all together before dismissing some so coldly!
Wednesday was a good day and I kept learning things about myself as well as the craft. This is so cool and I’m grateful for having found it at a time in my life when I will still have many years left to fine-tune. “Jack of all trades, master of none” can be a tiresome way to live.