Saturday, January 30, 2010

Good Times!

Last weekend I very anxiously worked on my first pieced block for the 2010 $5 Quilt from one of my LQS. As many of you know, I've been having some "issues" with my pieced blocks coming out the size they are supposed to be. I really took my time with this block. I won't tell you how much time but it was a LOT. I was very careful and measured along the way to ensure that my seams weren't getting too big as they have been (yes, even with Bernina's #57 foot). It paid off and I'm pretty happy with the way this came out. It's just a wee bit off the 12.5 inches but I can easily live with that! I only had to redo one seam. Here's the untrimmed block!
Lesson Learned: Slow down, take your time. Measure along the way.

It's going to be set on point in the quilt. It's amazing how much this changes the look of the block.
While I was sewing, I had some company. Kenzie laid under the table most of the time.
Cody, who hates the camera, laid on the floor directly behind my chair. Not a good picture of him but I couldn't leave him out!
They stayed in the sewing room with me all day and hardly moved except to go to the window to check out the goings on in the neighborhood.
Good Times!

27 comments:

yarnjourney said...

Great looking quilt block! I love it on point. Cute quilting buddies too.

Pat said...

Your block looks wonderful, Jackie!

Linda said...

Nice job with the block. Patience pays off. And those are a couple of cute little guys you have. Guess they approve of your new sewing room, huh?

Dee said...

That last picture is adorable. What good stitching buddies you have.

julia said...

Yep, that's my motto,"take your time so you don't waste your time." Now if I would just do it!!!! I thought the second picture was a different block until I read what you wrote. Amazing!

Barb said...

Looks wonderful!!!

Susan said...

Lovely block! I agree with you about the on point settings...it really does changes the look of the blocks.

Zlaty said...

Your block looks great! I agree with the different look on point. The last block I sewed was a wee off too and i was wondering if it was the steam ironing because i don't pre wash my fabrics, Do you prewash yours?

Happy sewing!

QuiltSue said...

I love the fabrics you are using. The block looks great whichever way you look at it, but I think I prefer it on point.
I love your dogs too, specially the one where they are looking out of the window together.

Angela said...

Fantastic quilt block! And I love your dogs they are so cute :)

Simone de Klerk said...

a big smile came to me when I saw your 'company' look out the window. Congrat on the wonderful block that turned out the size you wanted it to!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Gorgeous block...the colour combination is striking

Mylene said...

The block looks great and what adorable buddies you have.

Nancy said...

A beautiful block Jackie, and isn't it amazing how much the design changes depending on how you look at it! I don't know how many times a week I tell myself "haste makes waste"!

Your puppies are adorable. The last picture is just precious!

Siobhan said...

Your block turned out so nicely, Jackie! The pups are adorable.

Margaret said...

Oh I love your block! Glad you found the secret to getting your blocks to be the right size! I guess I need to learn that too! lol! I love how the block looks so different on point -- it's fantastic! Your fur babies are adorable! I love the picture of them looking out the window!

Deb said...

Great blocks. It really does make a great change setting the block on point! And I hear you about going slow with the sewing. I just started on a quilt yesterday, and I found myself getting a little too cocky or something and one of my blocks looked a little strange! It's better to slow down, and not have to pull out that seam ripper!!

Marie said...

Hello there,very nice block!Like the color combination. YOur work is really good you shouldsee me when I get going and then it is always take apart something. I too need to slow down.Have a good day even though I am sure your a little more chilled than us today.
Hugs, Marie

Sherry said...

great job, love the colors of the fabric you used. keep up the good work!

Daffycat said...

Very pretty!

The kids look great! Isn't it funny how they can tell that once our butt hits that chair we aren't moving for a while? Sheba always knows when I'm going on an extended stitching spree.

Chris said...

Oh..your pups are so cute.

Tammy said...

It turned out beautifully, you did a great job, sometimes I need to remind myself to slow down too, it's not a race, but sometimes it's hard to slow down as well.

Marion said...

Beautiful work Jackie!!!
And sweet little companions!!!
Take care
Marion

Quilter Kathy said...

Great block! I might try one of those!
You puppies are so adorable!

woolwoman said...

Looks like the whole family has adopted your stitching room as their own ! Love your block Jackie - it is really really pretty. Colors are great. YGG Mel

Jax said...

Great work. That block really does look completely different turned on point.

The puppies are so cute, it's nice to have furry company while you work.

Shevon said...

Nice work! It really does look so different on point.

The puppies are cute, it must be nice working with furry company.