Well we’re finally finishing up the corner blocks. Month 4 is a simple little 9-patch made up of 2.25″ cut squares. The 9-patch as a whole should measure 5.25″ after it’s appliqued to the center square. Why appliqued? Because to finish the square properly by piecing, the sashing squares would need to be (if I’m not mistaken) 2.116″ x 5.25″ and ain’t nobody got time to find that measurement on a ruler. lol So here’s the link to download Serendipity – Corner Block 4.
The center block can be purchased here: Patternspot.com
I recently ordered Jodi Barrows “Square in a Square Technique Reference Book Volume 1” and am looking forward to piecing for a little bit. I bought a bunch of reproduction fat quarters for my own Dear Jane, but if what I’ve done on it so far is any indication of where I’ll be a year from now…I might as well use that fabric for something else. I’ve had her special Square in a Square ruler for some time. I bought it at the Long Beach AQS show years ago, but haven’t really given the method an honest try. I’m intrigued to make a block of 24 triangles without sewing a single one. Her method uses strips sewn to a center square and cut with the special ruler to create perfectly trimmed triangles. That’s the goal. ha ha. We’ll see how accurate I’m able to be. I bought the video as well, as I tend to be a visual learner. I’m excited to start! So excited that I’m paralyzed by freaking perfectionism, which stops me in my tracks more often than not. What if it’s not as easy as it seems? What if I mess it up? What if I try and fail? I usually sit with these questions for about a week, then get tired of the rhetoric and just start cutting and sewing and having a blast.
Speaking of perfectionism, it’s the only reason I haven’t given the back basting tutorial a try. What if?….what if?….what if? You all don’t mind that my fingernails aren’t manicured, right? Can you believe that silly little thing has kept me from doing it? It’s so crazy, but true. I’ve been having the best time with back basting, too. So so so easy and accurate. No templates. Minimal tools required. I love it!
I hope you all have a lovely week ahead! For the first time in years, my sweet husband will have the 4th of July off, so we’ll get to BBQ and everything with him here. I’m so happy!