It has been a few days since the Second Bernina Block of the Month(BOM) came out, and I finally finished it today. Since I am buying my fabric as I go, it has taken me a while to find anything that I like. I am roughly using their color suggestions. I am trying to use my scraps and buy new ones along the way.
This month they called this the Shoofly block. It uses squares and half square triangles to make a simple 9 patch block. I found myself at Craft Warehouse yesterday looking over their truckload sale. I originally went in thinking that I would purchase 3 gray fat quarters, 1 blue fat quarter, and 1 yellow fat quarter. I found some beautiful fat quarters, but soon realized that I was going to spend twice as much and get less fabric than if I bought a quarter yard of each fabric. So I reluctantly put back the beautiful fat quarters and searched for a yellow, gray and blue fabric that I liked. After a half hour of searching, I came up with the following fabrics.
When I got home, I put Abigail down for a nap, and began cutting the fabric into the needed squares for this month’s BOM. I got all of my squares cut, then began cutting the larger squares into half square triangles. I was not watching what I was doing, and on the last square I messed up cutting the triangle properly. The worst part was that I did not have any extra fabric to just cut another triangle. I guess that is the risk I take when I do not buy extra fabric and only buy what is needed.
I then began assembling the triangles last night. Some how I managed to use the messed up triangle. When I messed up the cutting, I managed to cut it in a way that still left me with a little bit of room to make my quarter inch seam. Before I get too far on this quilt I may think about seeing if there is a product out there to secure that seam. Whether I use some sort of iron on fusible webbing or a glue of sorts that will not let the seam fray.
This morning I put the three blocks together per the instructions and this is what I ended up with.
New Year…. Time to clean up, organize and make room for new projects.
While organizing my craft cabinet, I found a quilt top that I absolutely forgot about. It was a square block quilt that I had begun, so, so many years ago. I am not sure if this was before or after my Texas Star quilt.
From what I can tell it began as a 9 patch quilt block. Then several years ago I had sewn the squares together to make a quilt top. I think I was going to make this as a doll quilt, as it has turned out quite small. The quilt block colors decently match as well. I do not remember where this fabric came from. It is probably just as old as I am. I know it was fabric that was handed down to me from either my mom or grandmother. I know I did not pick it out myself.
As I was trying to iron this quilt top, I discovered that I had hand sewn some pieces together and machine sewn others. Seam allowances are not a consistent quarter inch. Some are larger and some are quite a bit smaller which is why they blocks do not match up. This was definitely a quilt that I started long before I acquired a Bernina Sewing machine. I vaguely remember trying to sew the blocks together on an older second hand sewing machine. I always had issues with tension and thread breaking, which I always attributed to the fact that it was a crappy machine. However, I am now learning that it might have been the cheap fabric and cheap thread that had caused all of my frustration, not the sewing machine.
After I completed ironing the quilt top, I decided that instead of trying to fix all the imperfections, I was going to keep everything the way it was. I like seeing the old vintage style fabric with the squares not lining up. It serves as inspiration; Where I have come from, and how much I have learned through out the years. There was enough fabric to create a pillow as well. I quilted the pillow before stuffing it and have machine quilted the quilt top. It is not perfect, but that is just what I wanted. I am going to keep this quilt and pillow in my sewing area. It will help me slow down on future projects so that I can complete them correctly and it will serve as a reminder of what not to do. I learn a lot from mistakes and just trying new things.