As you know, when you have a bad headache a sewing machine sounds more like a jackhammer, so here's all that I finished up this week:
Two aqua blocks for the Steps to Garden quilt, one of my projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I am really happy with how these turned out. I'm experimenting with a few different ways to make these blocks, and I tried making these using strips instead of quadrants. I think it worked okay, but I'll have to play around some more too.
Here is my progress on this quilt so far:
You can almost see the pattern and how the quilt will look overall. I think I like it, but it needs more color right now. You can also see (if you look closely) that fewer seams makes for a better-looking block.
These blocks have so many seams that they really need to be pressed open, which I have never liked. To help line up the seams for stitching, I used these cool fork pins:
They're like two pins on one shaft and they hold both sides of the seam at the same time. I had my doubts but they worked great! My only problem was that they seem a bit flimsy to me, and I wonder if they'll bend easily after I've used them for a while. I guess we'll see.
The only other sewing-related thing I did this week was pull fabric for the Sewcial Bee Sampler by Maureen Cracknell and Sharon Holland. This is a 25-block sampler, with one block a week for 25 weeks. We'll see if I can handle that because I haven't made the first one yet and it's really easy. Here's the fabric:
Doesn't that look like some happy fabric? The fat quarters were a gift and I added the solids to fill it out a bit. You should definitely go over and have a look at the sew along. The Introduction includes a fun coloring page, too, if you're into that sort of thing.
Hope everyone has a good weekend. We are going to look at flooring! Can you think of anything more dull? Maybe I'll have to make a side trip to a fabric store or something, just to keep my spirits up. I wouldn't want a relapse!
Sharing at soscrappy for RSC17.