I have two more blocks completed for the Blogger Girls Block of the Month.
Step 3 gave me a few headaches. I wasn’t sure I was drawing the line for sewing in the correct place. I figured it had to go through the point of the HST block, so I made sure it went through one corner of the rectangle and the point. Even so, when I square up the blocks after that stop, they were a little shy of 4 ½”.
That became a problem later on when I went to square up the final block to 12 ½”. The block needed to be trimmed, leaving me with only about 1/8” seam allowance.
If I leave the block as is I will end up with some chopped off points. I’m going to have to take apart that seam, make another 2 ½” block and try to fix it. I won’t be satisfied with the chopped off points if I don’t try to fix it.
The funny-looking piece left after Step 4 reminded me of the cornette (head piece) Sally Fields wore in the Flying Nun. Remember that show?
I guess I was starting to get tired by the time I got to the second version of the block because I sewed the 4 ½” squares to the wrong side of the blocks – Oops!
Luckily I noticed before I trimmed the blocks. A little “unsewing” and “resewing” later, and they were all fixed.
If you are also participating in the BGBOM, I would like to know how long it takes you to complete one block. It’s taking me about 1 ½ hours for each one. I think it’s because I am unfamiliar with the rulers and some of the construction methods. I have to fiddle around with the pieces and look at the pictures for a while until it becomes clear to me! I thought the second block would go together a little quicker, but due to errors on my part, it took just as long. All in all, I really enjoy participating in this BOM.
Here are my blocks after 2 months: