Thursday, June 07, 2018

Modern Sampler, Blocks 2 & 3

I won't lie, Block #2 gave me some headaches.

I couldn't find a traditional name for the flying geese block. The closest I could come up with was a similar block that has the geese tilted at a 45 degree angle in an X shape. I believe that one is called Geese Crossing, or something like that. I used the Fons and Porter flying geese ruler that I've had for years. For some reason all of my blocks were consistently 1/8" too small. I even unstitched one, shifted my needle position to be a scant 1/4" and it came out to be exactly the same size as before. I didn't want to waste the fabric and do them over again so I tried to make it work, which I am now realizing was probably a mistake.

ETA: I found the block in a book I own. they call it "Jacob's ladder" which is very confusing because I know there are other quilt blocks also called Jacob's ladder that don't look like this one at all. but anyway.

The points on my geese aren't quite perfect and most distressingly the center doesn't line up exactly with the hourglass block. I also accidentally attached one long edge upside down. And because I typically press my seams open, I use a very short stitch length which is a PITA to rip out. so there was definitely some cursing on Block #2 and I'm not super happy with it. If I have enough fabric leftover when I'm finished I may go back and redo this block entirely, but we'll see if that actually happens. My perfectionist tendencies are often at war with my laziness, and laziness usually wins. This block is 30" square.

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Block #3 was produced because the method I used to create the hourglass block for the center of Block #2 makes two QSTs. I'm trying to be as efficient with my fabric as possible, so I eliminated one of the 6" blocks and replaced it with this one. I basically used this tutorial except that I cut my triangles for both the HST and QST before sewing because I am too lazy to draw a line. I don't find it difficult to sew the bias cut seams on the diagonal and it saves time not to draw the line.

I'm hoping that once I get through these larger blocks the process will start to be more enjoyable. Right now it's feeling like a bit of an ordeal to cut out all the pieces and get them sewn together in the proper order without tearing my hair out.

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