Sunday, June 9, 2013

Double Check Your Measurements

Tried to sew all weekend but I got distracted by Astrid, who consented to hang out with me this weekend. We watched two movies, played Sims Medieval, started a new book, and made homemade banana muffins. She's a great kid!

I did do my June block swap. The paper piecing block took much longer than I expected, but it went together nicely when all was said and done. I choose the Ohio Star pattern from 50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars.

My swap partner requested teal and lime green, with white, if a third color was wanted. 
The fabrics I choose
First four segments

All eight segments
Final Block
The instructions recommend that you leave all the paper on until the block is completely put together. I tried it this time, and I guess it worked out okay. But the seams got very bulky at the end, which made pressing them difficult. I think that in the future I will leave the paper on until each quadrant is done, then remove it before completing the block. If I could do it over, I would change the color scheme slightly. I'm not too happy with the way it came out.  Or maybe just the overall color scheme doesn't quite appeal to me.

Finally, I sewed together two pairs of brown pants for Jack. These are pairs that I cut out a year ago. Turns out I cut them out two sizes too small! Oh my, that was just par for the course last year. I also attempted to make him two T-tunics last year and they both failed epically. I'm hoping these pairs will fit either his best friend or my brother. I don't know what to do with them otherwise. Lesson: double check your measurements and your pattern sizes.

Back to Mundania tomorrow...


  1. I really like the colours - it makes for a very striking block and well done for sticking with it :)

  2. I love your block. I think those colours are perfect :)

  3. That is one awesome quilt block, and your colors complement the design perfectly!

    -Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  4. Gorgeous block! I always leave the papers on until it is all done and then I sit down and watch a show while pulling papers out! It does create more bulk,but I think it keeps the fabric edges where they need to be when joining sections if that makes any sense;)

  5. Oh but I love this colour combination! Very fresh!!!
    Lovely block also!
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  6. I love the colors you have chosen for these pretty blocks ... :) Pat

  7. Thanks all for the encouraging comments! It is slowly growing on me, broadening my horizons.

  8. Gorgeous block!!! I just love it!