Saturday, April 11, 2015


Pat Sloan's free block of the month (BOM) continues with the April block, "The Penny Arcade".  After so many years of quilting and sewing "straight" lines, I am always surprised when somehow a block (all on its own) manages a curved or crooked finish! How does that happen? Yes, I practiced making the perfect 1/4 inch seaming; marked the machine with tape and on and on. Why is there variance in the seaming (AND) why oh why must I sew a (SCANT) 1/4 inch seam?  What the freak?  I spent many dollars purchasing rulers and NONE  of them have that measure -a scant 1/4 inch on them! Perhaps I need a metric calibrated ruler??? Whose idea was it to sell us the "1/4 inch" seam and then turn around to say that it is the (non-measurable) SCANT 1/4 inch seams that makes perfect finished measurements? Hey! I loved Maryellen Hopkins's idea of  your own " PERSONAL PRIVATE MEASUREMENT"!  Just saying!!!

Well, I am posting that imperfect  block; however, it will have to be redone so that it will measure an accurate 12 1/2 inches square.  I really cannot abide chopped off points on triangles and such. 

So if you're still with me here at this point in my rant, here is where I ask YOU if you really sew SCANT 1/4 inches OR do you sew 1/4 inch seams OR are you like Maryellen Hopkins-use YOUR OWN PERSONAL PRIVATE MEASUREMENTS?????


happy sewing and no "curved" squares! : ) 


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Pat Sloan's String Bean Challenge

My version of the March/April Challenge

"Eat Your Fruits and Veggies"  by Pat Sloan cut at 2 1/2 inch strips according to pattern directions
A few. Unknown 2 1/2 inch strips added
Flimsy 50 by 62 
I'm looking around now for yardage of any of this fabric line so I can add a six inch border. The backing will all one piece of a coordinating fabric,  probably an orange-red.