Hmmm….hmmmm….. Do you have a particular phrase you say when you’re trying to not say something because what you’re thinking of a situation may or may not come to pass? I say hmmm….. I said hmmmm…. yesterday when I was working on this block but I’m going to hold off on the thoughts behind that for now and just hope that what I’m concerned with does not come to pass regarding this quilt.
Back to the block. You may have a hard time believing this – I do too – but I did actually “measure twice, cut once” when I was laying out those green and white half square triangle blocks. I wanted to make sure I had them on there correctly and when I was getting ready to sew them on, I actually checked twice on the layout.
We had plans yesterday to head out of town at 10am so I got started sewing at 6am so that I could get something done for the day before we left. The good news here is that my tension was off a bit on those squares and as a result, it was a lot easier to unpick those stitches than I imagined. I actually was frustrated enough after I saw that – after I had sewn not one but two of them incorrectly – that I took a breakfast break to clear my head for a bit. I was excited when I got back to it when I realized I had assumed trying to get those stitches out – because the length was still set at 1.5 from paper piecing the orange and white squares – would be more difficult than it was. All’s well that ends well. Now I need to baste and quilt it.
I had a few more minutes and wanted a quick win so I made another pillowcase. I don’t know if you can see it in this photo, but there are little cat heads on the cuff of this pillowcase. I’ll make another like this, and then I cut the fabric so that I can reverse this for two more – meaning the cats will be the main part of the pillowcase and the darker fabric will be the cuff.
The quilt that is on the bed in this picture is over 100 years old and was made by my great-grandmother. She was born in 1865, around the time of the Civil War and later saw the turn of the century, two world wars, the Great Depression and so many other things. I have several of hers although I only regularly keep two on beds in the house.