Making the little quilt of spool blocks is something I want to get done quickly. Yesterday I sat down and pieced one. By machine. I’m still astounded. Not once did I have to rip out a line of stitching. Everything lined up like a dream. Thanks, of course, to the perfect stitching lines and matching points printed on the back of my fabrics using Inklingo.
I was so happy with how it turned out, I stitched a second.
And a third! I was on a roll! Three blocks done in less time than it would have taken me to hand piece one.
I was able to press them the way I press my hand-pieced blocks, which made me super happy.
Lessons learned? That one has to approach machine piecing a block like this differently than when hand piecing. I look for set-in seams when I’m hand piecing. When machine piecing these blocks, I knew I had to try to avoid those set-in seams. Laying the block out on the cut ‘n press was my biggest aid when figuring out the stitching sequence. What I can’t get over is the amount of pressing when machine piecing. When I hand piece, I leave pressing until the block is finished in most cases. When I was piecing the spool blocks by machine, I was back and forth to the iron constantly. The other thing is the pinning. I probably went overboard and pinned it way more than a more experienced machine piecer would, but my little finger pincushion looked like a porcupine with all the pins I was using.
The biggest benefit to me is that I can get this little quilt done quickly and save my hand piecing time for blocks like the sunflowers.
We have errands and appointments today but tomorrow I’ll be back at the machine, hoping to get the last 7 blocks done. If I’m home early enough this afternoon I might just get one or two more done today. And now I have a lot more confidence. Who knows what I might try next on the machine when the spool quilt is done?
One of today’s errands is a trip to the computer store to pick up an external hard drive. Clearly, we won’t be the only ones using the computer.
Baxter has seemingly decided the cat tree is the place to be. Of course, as he has us wrapped around his not-so-little paws, we immediately made sure he had a toy or two up there with him.