Pile O' Fabric
I kind of got behind. Way behind. The hardest part of this project for me is bringing out the kit, fabric, templates every month for one block. I thought I would wait another month and have two to work on. The next think I knew, four months had passed and I was light years behind!
I felt like I needed a big, swift kick in the butt! The butt kicking came from Jenn at A Quarter Inch From The Edge! She didn't exactly kick my butt! She did however, encourage (ever so gently), motivate and nudge me along. Thank you Jenn!!
This is where I ended back in March! See how fast time gets away from you?!
I began with Block #3, Piano Keys.
Once the fabric was selected for the blocks, it was on! As always, picking the fabric took the longest!
I enjoyed making these. I went with solids on top and prints on the bottom. This block is paper pieced and pretty simple.
Block # 4, Scattered Geese.
I did not enjoy this one very much. I love geese, I love paper piecing. I was overwhelmed with all the pieces! Once all the pieces had their 'geese', the sections had to be sewn together. My seam ripper was used on more than one occasion. There ended up being a section or two that were upside down!
Block #5, Arrowheads.
After block 3 and 4, this less complicated block was a welcome relief! Applique time! You know the drill! Choosing the fabric! Tick, tock, tick, tock...finally got that figured out! This involved cutting fabric squares, ironing the fusible web to the back, cutting the arrowheads out, peeling the backing off, arranging and then iron those suckers down. Done!
Block #6, Orange Peel.
Fortunately for me, when I ordered supplies for this Block Of The Month, I bought the orange peel stabilizer templates. Good and bad about this one. Good: they are glued down. Bad: a lot of scissor cutting and prep! I found it super hard to get perfect points and clean edges.
They are done. They are not perfect. But they are done, done, done!! Except for the quilting, but that will be another story!
Some where along the line, I found a couple mistakes! Can you figure out what they are? The entire time I kept reminding myself to make sure I placed the colors in the correct place. I didn't. The violet and gold/green arrowheads ended reversed. As of right now, they will have to do.
I thought it was a good idea to save up four months worth of blocks and do them all at once. That was not a good plan. It was exhausting. Mentally, physically. I was overwhelmed with 'gotta get this done' thoughts and it took away from the pleasure of learning new things and enjoying the process. Plus, it led to rookie mistakes (color flow)!
Do you think I should redo the two arrowheads? Once you see the mistake, it stands out like a sore thumb!
I decided it was worth the time and effort to make this right ~ I would have been disappointed in myself had I not done the right thing and fixed the arrowheads! Thank you for the advice!