8 blocks down, 4 to go! I’m almost at the midpoint of my time in Colorado, so fingers crossed I can get my entire quilt finished in just 4 short weeks.
Everyone here at McCall’s has been so supportive and helpful to me with this project; Tricia is even going to teach me how to quilt on a long arm machine! And of course, my quilting mentor who sits with me as I struggle through each block, a big thanks to my Aunt Kate for everything so far – love you!
This week I’ve been trying to challenge myself with more difficult block patterns from McCall’s Quilt Block Reference. I’ve made it into the Confident Beginner category now and with help, I’m doing pretty well so far.
The first block I tried my hand at was Hither & Yon. Just like the Amish Star Block, it has a lot of parts to it. I struggled most with all of the seams! No matter how hard I pressed them, I couldn’t seem to get each seam to lay the way I wanted (or flat at all, for that matter).
The next block I worked on was Celtic Twist, my first Confident Beginner block! This one was tough because it involves some partial seaming, a new skill for me.
The trickiest part of this block is remembering where each piece is supposed to go! I had to pin each 2″ square to its assigned rectangle so I could make my Flying Geese units without making myself crazy.
This turned out to be my best block yet! All the greens complement each other and (finally) my pieces were all the same size and fit together just as they were meant to.
My goal for this weekend is to finish my last 4 blocks so I can get to work putting my quilt top together. Have you ever faced a real time crunch when working to finish a project? What’s the shortest amount of time it’s ever taken you to complete a quilt?