After spending all last weekend starching, pressing and cutting my background and backing fabrics for the Skillbuilder BOM (that Alyssa at PileOFabric is hosting), I was anxious to dive into the first 2 blocks: Soundwave and Magnum. I’m always very concerned about my seams being a scant 1/4 inch so that my blocks are big enough. I even went so far to put a piece of moleskin down to mark where I thought my scant 1/4 inch should be since my quarter inch foot is a large 1/4 inch. Well, I took it overboard this time because my scant 1/4 inch ended up being more like 1/8 inch.
I ended up having to cut almost 1 and 1/2 strips off of my block in order to trim it down to 12.5 Here is the final Soundwave block (or rather my bar graph 😉 as my son called it).
I do like how my colors look together. Not sure if I want to re-do this or not, I’m afraid I’ll run out of background fabric if I do it over. I’ve already wasted some because I noticed that many of the long strips of background fabric that I cut for later use were not as wide at the ends of my strips as the middle so I had to re-cut them. If I decide to re-do it, I need to decide soon because I had just enough backing fabric(hopefully we don’t need more at the end…) I’m sure that once it’s quilted, it won’t even be as obvious. What do you think?
I enjoyed doing the Magnum much more. I really enjoy it more when my strips can be whatever size I want and I can lay my strips at whatever angle I want–much less to worry about.
Looking forward to doing the FMQ next week!