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The First Block Is The Hardest



Sometimes it seems to take forever to get the first block of a quilt sewn.





There's the planning and diagraming and math. The trauma of trying to resize a tutorial for a 9 inch block down to 6 inches. The endless paper- piecing versus just plain piecing debate.





And then the shopping for the perfect dark pink, light pink and green fabrics. Four different stores in four different cities. Thank goodness Brendan was around so I could go without the kids.




And then the cutting. And more cutting. And some more. Over a thousand pieces of fabric for these two twin size quilts.





Then, finally, after a month of work- the first block was done. Hallelujah.





Wow, poorly lit picture. Anyway, once you get that first block done all the others are a piece of cake. It's like I blinked and I had ten more blocks done.








I am enjoying putting each one of these blocks together. Playing with the color and fabric combinations makes each one interesting. 11 down, 108 more to go. We'll see if I still think they're fun to make by the time I get to number 108.

And in case you're curious, I decided against paper-piecing. I just couldn't get excited about removing the paper from 118 blocks. But, the measurements were just a little too funky for me to want to try piecing everything precisely. So, I cut the middle square precisely and everything else big. Then I trim it down to the right size after each set of four triangles is sewn on and pressed. Precise block with little fiddliness.

Comments

balloongal said…
I have a hard time getting started with things, too. It takes so long to get the first bit figured out then all of a sudden you're quite a ways into it.

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