Today I started actually putting together some of the blocks for my test quilt in anticipation of the Block Party fabric arriving. I was feeling pretty nervous actually because there were so many variables to consider and therefore so many things that could go wrong. Anyway, I had read enough and it was time to get going. I really enjoyed putting all the little pieces together and the good news (particularly for the block swap participants) is that the last block I put together is much better than the first. In that short time I learned that (1) I tend to let the fabric slip away at the end of the seam so that the last few stitches are not in line with the rest; (2) I need to make sure that I stitch as closely to the edge of the fabric as I can without getting it caught in the feed dogs and (3) although I think that pressing seams open creates a better flatter block, I seem (seam!) to be able to match the seams up much better when I can butt them up to each other because they have been pressed to one side (.. I wonder if that is a newbie thing…?). So a good lesson and good fun all round. I wonder if you can pick the first block from the last.
It is in fact the one on the top left but fortunately, things got better and so my last (of four) looks a bit better
So I think I will just get back to it.