Ever have one of those days where you know after the first mistake you made stitching you should have stopped, but you thought there is no way possible you are going to screw up again? I had one of those days yesterday. Started stitching, went to press and as soon as I did that I KNEW I had stitched them all wrong. So I went about using my handy, dandy seam ripper and ripped it all out and started all over again. I can never have too many seam rippers, I always seem to use one, put it down and then it is gone again. So I have several of these seam rippers in my sewing drawer, it is called a Seam Fix. The Seam Fix has a precision sharp cutters and a rubber end cap; the rubber on the end of the cap allows you to erase away the left over thread that is always still stuck in the holes after you have ripped the seam apart. Its always so dang hard to get all those pieces of thread off of the fabric.
Once I got those blocks all said and done and fixed! I moved on to my next set of blocks, (remember I am making 2 of the Moda Blockhead 2 quilts). I got all the way to making the last seam and noticed I did it AGAIN! ugh! Somedays I don’t think I should be sewing. So I took out my trusty sidekick, the Seam Ripper, and got that seam ripped and fixed.
My initial post for today was going to be about how I used our Triangle Paper to create block #6 of the Moda Blockheads. I have troubles sometimes when I am trying to make the half square triangles the traditional way, so I thought if I used the 1 1/2″ Triangle Paper the block would come out much better than if I pieced it the traditional way. And guess what? It came out accurate!
So I think anytime we have half square triangles I am going to be using the Triangle Paper from us! If you have never used Triangle Paper before you need to give it a whirl! It is the best thing since sliced bread to making half square triangle accurate and fast! We have 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1 1/4″, 1 1/2″, 2″ and 2 1/2″, pick a size any size and try it out! We also have Variety Packs and Triangle Papers made for 5″ Charms!
Isn’t it amazing how by just moving the pieces around and the colors that you get a whole different look to your block. I did my 2 blocks differently just to change things up a bit.
One last little tidbit. I know that Block #8 is an appliqué block, I’m guessing there will be more than one of them in this quilt…..and I am not so good at doing cotton hand appliqué work. So I am going to change it to a pieced block, to do this I grab out my trusty copy of the 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks book. This book has everything imaginable in it! They give you a block and then they have the cutting instructions for 6-different sizes of block, you can see an example below on how it is all laid out. This is a great book to have in your bookshelf as a great reference point even if you are not doing the Moda Blockheads quilt! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE though if you are not doing one of the blocks and want to replace one of them, please still go to the Designers website and see their post and wonder around their website, they have awesome advice and great things to look at!
Its almost the weekend! Have a spectacular day!