For several years I’ve followed the rainbow scrap challenge participants vicariously on my lap top. This year I’ve decided to join in. I don’t have a ton of scraps — I’ve not really sewn up enough of my fabric stash to have a lot of scraps (although I’m astonished by how quickly so much accumulates) — but I am trying to get a handle on organization generally and it seems like using them up is better than hanging on to them for no reason. I’m not doing the row by row challenge, just making one or two blocks each month in the allotted color. This month is blue.
The block design I ultimately decided on is the scrappy trips block. I am piecing it from 2.5″ squares rather than strips and I am once again confronted with how TERRIBLE my piecing is. This block is trimmed down to 12″ (should be 12.5″) and I’m adapting my plan to now sash the blocks and include a cornerstone. I seem to have more trouble with squares than I do with triangles, oddly enough. I have marked my seam on my machine, after measuring out from the needle. I’ve tried a couple of different presser feet; a quarter inch foot isn’t made for my machine, but I thought maybe I would have better luck with something different. Nope. I am really getting kind of frustrated and worst of all I’m pretty sure that it’s operator error more than anything else. I’m just not sure of the next step to take.
Anyway, I had hoped to have more done this week but I’ve been sick and just off. I may still get the back pieced for Bri’s quilt but probably won’t get much further than that. I also want to put together a list for the First Quarter Finish Along — another online group challenge that I’ve watched for a while and now plan to participate in. That should be up by this weekend. I just need to take some photos. I’ve noticed that some folks list a ton of things and that long list motivates them to get some of their projects finished, while others are much more circumspect but tend to finish most projects. I think I will be somewhere in the middle. Enough projects to stretch me, but not so many that I just think of it as a fairy tale!