Monday, 7 September 2015

Four Patch Frenzy!

So I've been working on getting an accurate quarter inch seam and boy, sometimes it's really hard!

Some gorgeous fabric I picked up from eBay!

The four patch has become my friend for this. I'm making up two patches, then sewing them together to make four patches, but trying to do it, so that my seams are all perfect, so that there's no trimming down of blocks, so that each of my four patches equals a finished four and a half inch block.

How hard can it be to sew a straight line??????

A cute little owl doorstop I made at my local quilters group

I marked it out on my machine, made sure the needle placement was correct and started off verrrrrry sloooooooowlllllly. It's so easy to veer off, or to let your eyes get thrown by the fabric pattern, or to look away briefly, or to move your hands wrong. My biggest problem is when I'm coming to the end of the piece, I always want to veer off towards my right for some reason.

BUT! Now that I'm aware of it, I bite my lip and keep my eye in and make sure I stay straight! It takes time, it takes longer and it's so easy when you're chain piecing to go fast, to not pay as much attention and so I'm deliberately making myself go slow.

I think I might have mentioned this in my last post? But I'm mentioning it again, because I think it's worth mentioning. These quilts are going to be one-offs. Your creation, with your name on it (please tell me you add a quilt label!) and you want to create the best quilt that you can. You're not working in a factory, you don't have to churn these quilts out. You're adding love and care and attention to detail.

You know that feeling when you sew a block together and go to measure it and it comes out exactly at the right size?

Yeah, baby! It feels good, doesn't it?

So that's what I'm working on. Still. School has restarted so my Passacaglia has become a 'car project', in that it gets worked on only when I'm in the car, waiting for the kids to come out of school, which is about 10 minutes each day, so that's going to take a long time to finish now!

And I've been getting more active using my Fitbit and I now regularly manage my 10k steps a day, which is great!

So what have you been working on? I'd love to hear it. And please tell me about how well you do with accuracy. Do you always sew a perfect block (and if you do, I kneel down in your presence)? Or do you do the same as me and veer off? Perhaps you find it hard to keep that straight line in the first place? What do you do to try and help yourself?

Please share, because there may be others out there who could empathise, or who might pick up a few hints and tips.

Happy sewing!

Louisa x

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