Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Moving Right Along,

In my last post I counted up the loads of projects I have to finish, continue and even start.
Since then I've done some sewing, and am pleased to announce some progress!

I'm having so much fun with Don't Call Me Betsy's BOM. See my sidebar for directions to read about it.

Here's my tester block:

Now for the January block:

January BOM

I made every possible mistake with this block.
 A lot of my mistakes are in the cutting.  I can't believe that I still do this, but at some point you actually have to use the rotary cutter, right? And so often, after much debate, I cut and then find something wrong! Elizabeth includes cutting instructions for the fabrics in each star. Easy! When I got to using them, I found I had cut the whole lot for a 6 1/2 inch star, and I'm making a 12 1/2 inch block. Start again!
Then there wasn't enough background left, so I joined one piece (it doesn't show).
I carefully measured the inch block on the pattern I had printed and found it was more like 7/8 inch.
So I re-did the block in Photoshop and started sewing. Wait a minute, it seems a little I'm working with a 13 1/4 inch block! Wider seams affects the star points. Oh well, it's all learning, painful learning.

I groaned to DD about all these problems and she said "What do you expect, sewing at 7 am?" Well, doesn't everyone? I didn't like to say that it was actually earlier than that. And the funny thing, I'm better in the morning than at night!! Sigh.

I can't wait to try February's block. Maybe I won't make all these mistakes, just different ones!

Linking to

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Till next time,



  1. I have signed up for this BOM but have not yet done my blocks. I am now excited to go and start mine. Thanks

  2. I made that same mistake by cutting for the smaller block, so I ended up making both. Apparently once your done with the 12.5 inch block the left over pieces are just enough to make the small one too, but after I made the small one 1st I did not bother to try again, he he.
    I love your block, and added it to my 'favorites' on flickr.

  3. I love your block. The fabrics are perfect.

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog! I love these two blocks of yours. Honestly it's nice to read about someone experienced making cutting mistakes! I have so many of my own.

  5. Ouch, I feel your mismeasuring pain! I am very poor at both measuring and cutting, and I often find that my blocks have turned out the wrong size. But I end up using them somehow anyway. I've toyed with the idea of getting an Accuquilt, but that seems awfully expensive and wasteful of fabric. What's a quilter to do??

  6. I am so much better in the morning too! I totally cut the smaller block size on January's block too! I love your colors, that turquoise is perfect.


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