September 27, 2010

Ribbon Border Part 1

Between my ankle and some illness that made me want to sleep 24-7 it's taken a bit of time for me to get back to my sewing machine.  Yesterday I did that Jean's repair you saw in my tutorial as well as a pair of shorts for my daughter.  The shorts I fixed by doing a little satin stitch and covering the satin repair with a patch so the stitches will be fine even if she plays with the patch.  I'm glad I took it easy my first day back to the machine because today I made 74 of the blocks you see above.  They are the blocks I will be needing for the Patisserie Quilt's Ribbon Border.

Of course after I made all 74 of them I discovered I only needed 66, but it's always better to have a couple of extra's just in case or at least that's what I'm telling myself.  This block is a real pain in the rear.  I thought I could sew the squares of teal and Patisserie together and then cut them apart and do the same adding the purple but doing so yielded half my blocks with the green on the wrong side so I had to go back and cut them apart.  Working with tiny triangles is not my idea of perfect, but laying them out together and then pedal to the metal sewing really helped speed things through.  Then I pressed all of my little lovelies open.  They await another day to be trimmed to 4.5".

Oh trust me I would have done that already, but lifting my iron 148 times first to iron down the small two triangles and then to iron down the larger purple triangle later had my hand a bit unhappy.  What sort of iron do you have?  I have dreams of finding an elusive stainless steel sole plate on a lightweight iron.  Oh now that would be the ticket wouldn't it?

3 comments:

stitchinpenny said...

Morte beauty for your quilt. Sorry that your health has been trying, but glad it is a little better.

orchidlover said...

I love the fabrics that you are using.

I have the greatest sympathy for you. I made 216 flying geese blocks yesterday that now need to be trimmed. I'm not looking forward to it at all

Love and hugs Gina xxx

theodora said...

Love all those triangles I am a new follower ,stop by and visit me between stiches, I love it when I make more ,more is better and I love to make a matching pillow or save it for a quilt sampler all the extra blocks will one day make an awsome quilt,I also will work for fabric LOL.