Are any of you doing the Primitive Gatherings Christmas Sew Along? Is it just me, or was Block 4 the block from H#%*? Either the cutting directions were slightly off, I measured wrong, or my stitching is no where near as good as I thought it was. That was one frustrating, wonky block. I may end up doing it over. Not happy with the results.
I am also getting tired of making dime sized flying geese blocks. I swear if the blocks stay this complicated I will switch out the pattern for Churn Dash or Snowball blocks. Maybe a 9 patch.
Arrrrggggh. I am just frustrated. I had a whole day of sewing available to me yesterday and chose to work on the sew along blocks. I had planned to finish four blocks (two each of Block 4 and Block 5). Dream on. I had nothing but mechanical problems. My Rowenta steam iron died a week ago and I am using a lesser quality Rowenta which spits and sputters. I tell you I have bought my last Rowenta iron ever. If they only last a year, I may as well buy Black and Decker or Sunbeam for $25. My main Bernina sewing machine is in the shop for repairs, so I am using my back up Bernina. Now I remember why it is my back up machine.
That darn machine will not sew over *anything*. I am not even talking about sewing over pins--this machine is so touchy the thread breaks when I sew over a seam. On the last block, I swear the thread broke 20 times. I can't wait to get my main machine back from the shop, and that man had better not slap a sticker on it like he did last time. Don't mess with me, I'm on a tear.
Hope you all have better luck sewing this weekend than I had today!
UPDATE: Just wanted to emphasize that it isn't my intent to discourage anyone from participating in this sew along. My advice is to go slow, check the PG website for any corrections and see how it goes. If the block seems like it has too many pieces for you or looks way complicated, your should feel free to switch out the block pattern for a simpler design. There are a ton of lovely 6 1/2" unfinished block designs you could swap. The Farmer's Wife books have some great ideas, as does Judy Hopkins' 501 Rotary Cut Quilt Blocks book.
A red and white quilt is always wonderful, so jump in and make your own version!