Remember from yesterday that I was taking those little orange scraps and was going to make something out of them? I had 48 little bits - basically 24 pairs that were left over from trimming something else. I started by swing the scraps in pairs like this. Each had to be matched to its' mate and I had to make sure they were sewn together correctly as one side was straight and the other side had an angle.
|Two bits sewn together|
|Yes - I threw this away ( pet mat filler)|
|Lay out the wedges ready to sew together|
Then in pairs once again and I now have 6 pieces.
|6 larger wedges|
Hmmmm - hard to see in the photo, but there is a bit of a volcano in the center. OK - it was fairly significant. Can it be flattened?
|Circle with a bit of a volcano in the middle|
Now this is where I went back into my memory bank and remembered some advice that I read in someone's blog about pressing. They said they used a heavy object to flatten their blocks. Now I had visions of many books set out in the studio, each with a block underneath. Like the urgent quilt I'm making - there are 63 blocks and seriously - why would I put a heavy book on those blocks to "press" them? BUT this situation is quite different and I thought I'd give the heavy object pressing technique a try.
Guess what? Yep - it worked.
|Pretty much flat!!!!!|
While I do not think the heavy object pressing technique is appropriate for everyday pressing, it is quite appropriate for an emergency situation with a bubble in the middle of the circle block!
However, after I did sew that circle together and trust me, the bulk at the center is a bit of a nightmare, I thought about how I could do this differently. First off, after the wedges were sewn into the 12 pieces, I should have checked them for size (the angle at the center - easy with a 30 degree ruler which I have). The problem is that some of the seams in the center were a tad smaller than the scant 1/4" and that caused the bubble. I'm very glad that I played with those scraps - I learned something that will help me assemble what the scraps came from, I learned a new technique and I problem solved an issue which makes me a better sewist. All in all - a very good lesson FROM SCRAPS!!!! Now what to do with that cool circle block?
Elaine stopped by with a license plate. I've added it to my collection. Not sure how many I have in total now - I should lay them out for a picture. I know of two that I can easily get in my neighbourhood and I need to visit both of those stores so not going out of my way. Thanks Elaine!!!
|License plate for Row by Row|
Yesterday was a day of errands. I ran around in the morning and dropped off things to be repaired, picked up things I needed and back home for lunch. Then a new set of errands in the afternoon where I picked up a couple of cool things which I will share with you when the time is right.
I made good progress on the urgent quilt. The first pass was almost completed when I went to bed. The top has to be done by tonight as I want to do some cool quilting on it and well - I don`t have a lot of time!
My biggest problem - damn books! I've been a book worm my entire life. I love to read and read tons when I was a kid. TONS! And where I lived, we did not have a public library. I think my parents bought me books. Anyway, I finished reading my first e-book and I was barely done, when I had downloaded another. I`ll say the library strike is 'forcing'me to go that way. However as I got started reading, I realized that I've read this book before! Checked my reading list and yep - 2010!!! I can`t remember how it ends and it`s part of a series which is weird since I never read book one and that isn't like me. Nor had I read anything else in the series - also not like me. No matter - but I think I`m going to have to hide the tablet as I need to be doing other stuff today! NOT reading!!!
On that note, I think Lexi has something to say this morning. It`s all about HER! Have you noticed?
Anyway - have a great day!!!