Early this month I fell behind in my blocks for the 1930's Farmer's Wife. All it takes is one good cold, and everything goes on the back burner. If you remember, I cut out two blocks with the wrong size template, and had sewn one together without realizing it was a 4" block! 6.5" are small enough, but geez! All that work gone to waste.
Yesterday I started sewing at 5 a.m. I stopped for meals, and to throw laundry in and out, but otherwise I sewed constantly until 5 p.m. to start supper.
I jumped back and forth doing easy blocks and harder ones, but dreaded the paper piecing. I'm not in love with it, and it shows below.
Just my own opinion here, but I find the Marti Michell acrylic templates difficult to use, too. They are being promoted with the sewalong, and I've truly enjoyed reading her information about cutting techniques. I know so many quilters love them, and I've tried. I just don't. The templates are so small, I'm afraid using a rotary cutter so close to my hands. It goes against everything I've learned about keeping my fingers out of the way.
I find the paper printed template the easiest to use. I use a dot of glue stick to position it on my fabric stack, and use my 6.5" acrylic square to cut all the edges. It's old school, but it works best for me. It's also the cheapest.
Anytime I could rotary cut, I did.
Still, 8 blocks took me 12 hours. One was done the night before. That's an 18" x 18" finished block area! In those terms, is it worth it? It's not joyful sewing, and I'm sure not hitting those moments of flow like I have with other projects.
Grandma taught me not to ditch the piecing instructions completely. Most blocks are fairly straight forward, but this one has HST corners attached on the diagonal. There was a fair amount of ripping tiny stitches to get it right.
Can you see how the tiny dots next to the blue solid appear blue, but beside the green/teal solid they look green? It's the same fabric.
How could I?
May all your time spent Making be joyful.
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.