This is Block 4 of the Civil War quilt. Good grief! this one was a challenge! My block is actually wrong, as the T has too much seam left at the centre top. My mistake? ... I didn't have a ruler with 16th markings, only 8th's and quarters. So, I cut it at 1 1/2" instead of 1 7/16" but used a larger seam allowance - hence the extra bit on the top of my T. So today, I decided to make another one, this time marking the 7/16 mark on my ruler (from a very old tape measure). I cut it all out, pieced it together (taking photos along the way) but still my block was wrong. Now, my first block actually came out the correct size - 8 1/2" but this next block was almost 9" and I had no seam allowance left on the outside of the block which in this case actually cut off my T. Okay, you know the old seamstress trick..... measure twice, cut once ....... yep, you guessed it! Perhaps I need new reading glasses, but I had marked my 1 7/16 incorrectly!!! So the arms of my X were too wide! Oh dear, you live and learn! and YES... I am making ANOTHER one! Hey, I have oodles of this Civil War fabric so I might as well keep going and get it right! I'm a stickler for figuring things out (as my friends know only too well) .... I will get this block right!!
Does anyone have a ruler with 1/16th marks. If so, what make is it? I obviously need to get one!
Now onto some really exciting news:-
Many of you know we have a daily visitor ...... Spike the Kookaburra and more recently.. Mrs. Spike.
Well today I had a lovely little visitor..... baby Spike! If you double click on the photo you will get a closer look at him. He is just adorable! Today he was growling with his Mum and Dad but I haven't heard him actually laugh yet. Kookaburras make the strangest sound (like a growl) when they want to be fed or are worried that the other bird is getting more than them. Little Spike has the growl all figured out but has to work on his laugh. It's so wonderful to have these little visitors. We don't overfeed them - trust me... I know (picture bits of grasshoppers, frogs etc hanging from beaks!!) but we do give them the best cuts of meat (no minced meat as it sticks to their beaks).
Okay, back to more Texas Tears.....