What am I talking about? This gorgeous 12″ Waltzing Matilda block! Which is perfectly square. Unfortunately, our camera’s lens wants to add a curve to everything.
Yes, I made a huge block. Well, huge for me as I tend to always be so attracted to the miniatures. But there’s a reason I chose to do the 12″ block.
You know, if you’ve read my blog for any length of time, that I avoid the sewing machine as though it had an infectious disease. But – and I cannot believe I did this – when the three new Inklingo collections of Judy Martin’s Waltzing Matilda came out, I decided not only was I going to make the 12″ block but I was also going to make it totally by machine.
Picked yourself up from the floor yet? I know, I know – I was practically on the floor myself when I decided to do that.
There is no way I’d have done it by machine were it not for the brilliant one-page sewing guide. Even I could follow the partial seam instructions. I read it and immediately got it. And that one-page guide was right beside me at the sewing machine and I made reference to it every step of the way. What makes those partial seams so easy to make work, of course, are the perfectly placed matching points that are the key when following the sewing guide. The collection is worth its weight in gold for the one-page sewing guide alone.
It took me no time to print the shapes I needed for the block, including making a window template so I could fussy cut/print the centre octagon. I sewed the block together in what felt like a blink. It was definitely far less than half an hour. So I still had oodles of time last night for more hand piecing of the Christmas gift I’m working on.
I even like the back of it. And I never ever say that about blocks I make by machine. But I followed the pressing suggestion and it worked. Like a charm. Will I make this block again and by machine? Absolutely. In fact, I don’t think I’d even contemplate hand piecing it. And I can’t believe I just typed that. I think I have to go take my temperature!
“Visiting Ayers Rock”
We are having what seems like endless grey days in Toronto. I was at my dentist the other day and everyone there was complaining about it. Even though we know sunny days at this time of year likely mean very cold days, I think we’re all getting desperate enough to see some sun that we’ll take the cold.
Jake doesn’t seem to care if there’s no sunlight. He makes himself comfortable in a kitty bed and snoozes.
Baxter and the toys. He’s often found there snoozing with toys as pillows.