This little block looks so sweet and innocent, doesn't it? Looks can definitely be deceiving! Well, what can I say about this little charmer. I certainly had some lessons learned with this one. I have to admit that most of the issues were my problem..okay...all of the issues were my problem.
Things started off great - I followed the usual process of making my little template pieces and I started sewing them together. This is where I faced my first little challenge. You see that little cross piece in the center, on my first try I did not pay close attention to the alignment when I pieced it together and my cross had a crook in it. So, I decided to rip it out and resew it. That is when I realized that I have been a little careless with my 1/4" seams and they have been getting narrower and narrower. When I removed the stitching, the brown strip really started shredding so I had to make a replacement piece. That went fine and I was able to match up my cross "good enough" and I learned that even though the pieces are very tiny I still need to be really careful with the seam allowances. I am not quick at sewing these blocks together - it does seem to take me a very long time to get each block done, so, when I finally added the last piece I was very happy.
As I admired the finished block, I had a thought that I should trim it so that the seam allowances would be a little more even looking - remember I have been eyeballing the 1/4" seam allowances so they really are not accurate. I proceeded to trim the block and I trimmed 3 sides before I realized that I had actually trimmed them to the sewing line and I had cut off the seam allowances. Now, how dumb was that??? uuummm the question is actually rhetorical! You can't believe how unhappy I was with myself. I just left it as it was and took a bath - a nice long hot soak. When I got back at it I removed the little edge pieces, recut them and sewed them on and now it looks so much better! Now that I have confessed my ineptitude I guess it I feel like I have "come clean".
|See how I trimmed it...|
|What have I done to my poor block!|