Sunday, May 5, 2013

Two Blocks and a Border...

I said last week that the next thing I was going to work on would be the February Sugar Club block....well, I was wrong...or, more accurately, I changed my mind.  I decided that since I had caught up on the OKC MQG BOM last weekend and a new block came out last week, I should just keep the momentum going and do that block first.  So I did!  It was a fun, easy block to make. 

The instructions said to cut very carefully to ensure your strips lined up.  I think I cut correctly, but I messed up a bit on the stitching.  I haven't quite figured out where my perfect scant 1/4" is yet so my two pieced strips are a little off.  Oh well...doesn't bother me too much....well, just a little...but probably not enough to redo it.

I then moved on to the February Sugar Block Club block.  It was the dreaded paper piecing.  It wasn't too hard - nice big pieces, but I just haven't grasped the concept of knowing where to place the fabric on the back of the paper so that when it is flipped over, it covers the paper entirely.  I ripped two sections out over and over before I finally got it right.  And I think it was just luck.  I am sure there is a way and when I figure it out, it will be a real "Ah ha!" moment.  Can't wait!

After finishing the February block, I proceeded to the March Sugar Block Club block.  However, I had a bit of a problem so that's why the title is 'Two Blocks...' rather than three.  I assembled the various sections and when I went to put it together, I can't find one.  I know it is here somewhere so I have not remade it.  I have looked everywhere I can think of that it might have fallen or I might have carried it, but no luck yet.  If it doesn't show up soon, I'll remake it - and, of course, it will then magically appear.  Oh only two blocks to show this week.

As for the border in today's title, I got out the Civil War quilt I told you about late last year.  Originally, I had hoped it would be a Christmas gift for my Mom last year.  When that didn't happen, I thought it would be a Mother's Day gift (yea, next weekend) or a birthday gift (next month).  I'm thinking neither of those is a possibility; however, I have been working on the dog tooth border - stitching them up in pairs as leaders/enders.  I had no idea how many I had or even how many I needed so I started stitching them together and made four strips.  I got the quilt top out today and layed them out.  I still need to cut/stitch about 30 pairs and I'll be set.  Here's a glimpse of where I am.  Not a great picture, but I am going to put a narrow dark border all of the way around and then the dogtooth border.  The lighting in my bedroom is awful for photography...

So, it's probably time to start winding down and getting ready for bed.  I hope everyone has a great week.  Happy stitching!


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