I'm having one of those moments. Maybe I just have too many things I'm trying to focus on including my mom's issues, and now my Aunt Irene's 80-year old husband landed in the hospital too, same one as my mom!
My January NewFO is Twisted Sisters by Ami Simms. I've had this pattern and the template for a good many years. She has spoken at our guild, and is a very good guest speaker and also very, very funny. If you're not on her newsletter or blog list, you should be. Both can be accessed through the link provided. And to access the linky party for our January NewFO's click right here for Cat Patches, our wonderful host blog.
|Cast of characters, sets of 4 on left to be cut using acrylic template, 3 1/2" center squares, and strip sets to be cut into sets of 4 as on the left.|
|First two blocks...before measuring, but you can see where they don't align at that lower seam.|
When I pulled the pattern, and the fabrics, and sewed my test block, I couldn't, for the life of me, figure out why I couldn't get the block to the same size she says they should be in her pattern, 9 1/2", they were too big. I began sewing really fat 1/4" seams, and still couldn't get close. I was convinced that something must be wrong with either the pattern's measurements, or the acrylic template.
|My attempt at artistic photography. Stack of sets of four.|
|And a slightly different angle.|
I have eight blocks now from which to completely pick out the sewing, carefully press flat again, and then resew. I'm so thankful it isn't more than that! Oh, and I didn't mention that there are a lot of bias edges, so I really do need to be extra careful while pulling out thread, and pressing.
Ok, some hours later after dealing with the family issues going on up north...it looks like I'll head that way and hopefully, hopefully, miss snowy weather in the passes as I drive, probably leaving Sunday, maybe Monday...lots to work out tomorrow.
|A remade block...still problematic! Ugh!|
I finished picking the eight blocks apart and have resewn one, but using my scant 1/4", here's a picture of how it looks. It's 10" square - sorta, right? Wrong! OK, time to make another one with a regular 1/4"...back in a few...
Well rats! The next one isn't going together right either, and I think I need to just give up for now, and ultimately, will give up until I get back from up north. I'll post more info over at D.O.O.W about my travel plans.
If you've done this pattern and have some tips, I'd appreciate them.