Thursday, February 23, 2012
Craftsy's Block of The Month: February
I've completed the February blocks for Craftsy's free Block of the Month class. Do you remember my January blocks? Who knows if they'll all go together. Here's hoping... For this month we made two pretty blocks: a chunky chevron and a Balkan puzzle. I had some "issues" with both blocks. Eep.
First off, when I made the Balkan puzzle (the first time), it came out at 11-1/2 inches. It was supposed to be 12-1/2 inches. Grumble grumble. For my second attempt, I went wild and added 1/4 inch to the template. And it actually turned out the right size. Isn't that odd? Beats me... Anyway, I'm going to tuck my extra lovely Balkan puzzle block safely away and some day in the far distant future I'll attempt one of THESE. Oh my, oh my... Talk about making lemonade!
And secondly, when it came to sewing the rows together - see how there are four rows in each block? - I had a whale of a time matching points, even though I did the nesting seams trick, and pinned, and everything... Grumble grumble. Is there some sort of extra little secret to matching points that I'm failing to understand, or is it just something that comes with experience? I ripped out the final three seams twice each for each block. And they're still not perfect. Grumble grumble.
But oh well, I learn.
You have yourself a fine day. I'll be back soon!