Tuesday, June 24, 2014

And I'm hooked!

Even though I'm uber tired, I have been dying to piece a little more on the Omigosh! quilt. I have lots of cutting ahead of me, but I have enough bits and pieces done that I can piece a bit with a little variety. Here's the end result of piecing from last night and tonight (I did manage to make more elements, but these are two blocks that I've completed):

I can't even tell you how pleased I am that I'm finally satisfied with the accuracy issues I've been having with my new machine. I'm using the 34D foot with the needle stepped over to position 4, and I'm no longer having trouble with the fabric trailing away at the end of a piece, and the 1/4" seam is exactly where I want it. I'm thrilled to no longer be having that feeling of fighting my machine.

And just a little tip for any of you that are thinking of working on this project: I found it so very helpful to use best press when pressing every seam for these little blocks. It really helped me keep the small pieces stable, and I press after every single seam I sew. Don't skip these two things - they were really important.

I've deliberately left the markings of the board visible there so you can see the size of the blocks - they're 5in at this point, and will be 4.5in finished - that makes most the smallest of the pieces 1/2in finished! You can see why I'm striving for accuracy! These blocks are addictive, and I'm itching to make more already! I'm going to pack it in for the night now though, and do a little hand work in front of the TV while watching Wimbledon. I do love my tennis :-)

And because I promised, I've taken some (poor quality) pictures of the patterns I purchased from Sue Garman:

These two are going to be great for scrap busting - and I have more than my fair share of scraps to bust. Don't we all?

And my massive love of appliqué led me to purchase the Lily Rosenberry pattern. I will love working on this one, though I can't imagine when I'll get to it. I have a list of 'must make' quilts as long as my arm ... and more than enough fabric to take care of them all!

Well, the tennis is beckoning, so I'll catch you all soon! xox


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

are you pressing seams open or closed? On some quilts that I did with little pieces I pressed open to make it easier to quilt through all those seams wondered if you doing that too?

Nancy said...

Best Press is near my iron at ll times. I love that stuff!

Linda said...

Yayaya! You got your quilting mojo back with a bang! Good for you. It's going to be a terrific looking quilt. A really nice winter addiction!!
Lurking Linda

Shay said...

Im really looking forward to seeing you work on this quilt Taz. One of these days I might just work on something so intricate but for now Im happy to live vicariously through you!

Beth said...

You REALLY are trying to reel me in to do this with you, aren't you!!?? I am in NEED of taming my scraps and this would be a good way to get started...Like a need another project! lolol I will think about it!

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness you do love a challenge :-):-):-)
Cant wait to see the finished quilt all the best ..:-):-)

Jan said...

Wow, I admire your efforts - I made a couple of doll quilts wih 1-1/2" finished size 9 patches, and it will be a while before I try it again! Will love keeping up with your progress, though!

Missy Shay said...

Wow, those are some tiny pieces, I can see why you have to be so accurate or it would throw the whole thing off.


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