As an addendum to my last post I have had to think about how I iron press my blocks as well. I have found that if you are not careful, the seam is not pressed out properly and if you try to give it a tug to make sure you get the iron on the seam, you can distort the fabric. I have done all of that this afternoon and pressed and ironed until I have got it right. I’m pretty pleased with the last blocks that I did, when it all seemed to come together. I tried to press my seams open again, as it is a test quilt after all but I went back to pressing them to one side. It is pretty easy with these blocks because if I always press them towards the solid fabric, they will always butt up against another seam and not with it. I’m not sure how I will go with different blocks where it is not so obvious.
Unfortunately, I also realised that my 4 fabric, 8 different block combo will not work well if I do want to eventually sew my blocks together and make something (which I do) . I’m sure seasoned quilters would have known that from the off but I had to make the blocks and faff about with them to work it out. I will either have to introduce another fabric or do some clever stuff between the blocks. I’ll think about that tomorrow. I’m really pleased they are done and I feel capable of making blocks with other people’s fabric now (did I hear that sigh of relief from the other block party guests??).
I do have a couple of other projects that I would like to turn my mind to until the other fabrics arrive.