I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 62, married to Fred and have one son, Matthew who is 23. I enjoy embroidery and applique and prefer to machine piece and quilt my projects. I love my vintage Singer sewing machines especially my Featherweight 222K. I've recently started collecting Miniature Sewing Machines, two Essex and one Singer 20. My love of sewing I believe comes from my Grandmother - I still have the drawings she made for me to embroider on tea towels many many years ago!

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

NOW I'M ...... TEXAS.. H A P P Y ! ! !

TEXAS TEARS... again!

This time I am very happy with the block!  I was extra careful in cutting my  1 7/16" pieces, very careful when I pressed each segment -  NO STEAM!  SPRAY STARCH!    I was super careful when piecing my triangles (marked the  1/4" dots on each point)   I was so careful when I finger pressed the pieces in half to match them up.  I pressed ALL SEAMS OPEN!  

My block measures exactly 8 1/2" square with lovely 1/4" seams all around!

Thank you to everyone who emailed me with info on the rulers.  I have ordered a ruler.. it's an EZ Draft 'n Cut  2" X  18"  ruler.  It has the 1/16" marks.

I did learn a lot making this block.  In all my years of patchwork, I have never had to join triangles like those along the sides of this block.  Most of the things I have made have all used HST's.

Now I'm looking forward to seeing what next Saturday's block is like!

Happy Sewing!

9 comments :

  1. Good on you!!! Well done, it looks perfect!!!

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  2. Looks great from here in Melbourne! Well done (oh, I'm sounding like a teacher again!!)

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  3. Great job Helen. It's so satisfying to get it right isnt it?

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  4. Just beautiful Helen. Your points are perfect.

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  5. That's a lot of "careful" sewing and pressing. But the block looks wonderful. Good for you for sticking with it.

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  6. Hooray - your block turned out perfect!
    Good for you to keep at it ....

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  7. It looks great, Helen...It really pays to perservere!

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  8. It looks terrific and sounds like it was REALLY hard to do. Congratulations!

    Happy quilting,
    Susan in Texas

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