Work has been continuing (in between other projects) on my Votes For Women quilt blocks. I am up to block #19 but it was a very hard block for me to sew! I had triangles all over the place and had to be able to focus to even get the layout working. This was not a "late at night because I couldn't sleep" kind of a block to sew!
For some reason, it made sense to me to sew some flying geese blocks together, and then to try to build the block from the centre out.
But that didn't work because I ended up with this mess..
and a bazillion "set-in seams" to sew, and I can't do those without a nervous breakdown.
Okay, I settle myself down and tell myself in a stern voice:
"You have been quilting for over 20 years. Of course you can do set-in seams! Just try."
So, I tried for a couple of hours, but then I realized my block was turning into a bowl shape because of all the handling of the bias seams, and because of all the unsewing and trying again... and the seams were not even close to matching up.
Then I tried to decide between throwing the whole thing in the garbage and starting again with new fabric, or unstitching the triangles and starting over again with these pieces. Because many of these triangles were from a little candy charm pack, I really wanted to use them, so I unstitched every single seam I had sewn and started again with a different construction plan, which was... ahem... actually posted on the blog for anyone who chose to actually read the instructions!
Here it is...representing literally hours of work...and an object lesson on the importance of reading instructions...I present block #19 called "Old Maid's Ramble". Appropriately named because you will be an old maid by the time you finish sewing the thing!! LOL
The next block will for sure be a piece of cake!