I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I’m going to fall far, far behind on the Case of the Secret Garden if I insist on hand piecing the entire thing. And I don’t want to let this one languish and become a UFO.
So I sat down at the sewing machine and joined the spokes together for the arc of a New York Wheel block. Those involve straight piecing, so I figured I could handle it. Then I added the corner piece and quarter circle by hand. After all, that involves some curved piecing which is one of my favourite things to do by hand. And the block looks just like the ones I had previously made totally by hand.
Then I machine pieced the remaining 7 arcs of spokes for that set of blocks.
Pressed, seams graded and just waiting for their corners and quarter circles to be added. I may get brave and even try some curved piecing by machine. But that’s a huge “may”. Somehow I don’t think I’ll get that brave about machine piecing.
Now I know I can get this done. Maybe not in time for the final clue on Monday, but I’m not going to be too far behind. And my Case of the Secret Garden quilt will be hybrid pieced.
Baxter was showing his pals, Ralph, Pete and Milly, some tips on machine piecing New York Wheel blocks.
This is one of his funniest poses, braced against the balance ball. He will often pose like this. With my silly mouse slippers in the background. Which I’ve actually needed the last couple of days. It has been cold. And snowing. Again. I’m hoping that was winter’s last gasp, that the mouse slippers can be put away until next winter and spring is on the way.