In my last post, I showed you that I had caught up with this BOM. Instead of calling it finished (for now) and moving on to another project, I decided to honor the Finish goal for this year, and make the alternating blocks.
I checked several websites for the proper sizing of economy blocks. I have a sheet that provides sizes but I have misplaced it. There were several different sizes provided on the websites and I didn't know which one was correct, but I finally found one that provided the exact measurements and showed how she had rounded up. I decided to go with the rounded up measurements to be safe. I counted the number of alternating blocks, thirteen, and started with the center square. All the websites were consistent about the center square. I fussy cut the widths, but decided that I didn't have enough fabric to fussy cut the lengths too.
I was hoping to show you excitement in this post about how quickly these blocks go, since they can be chain pieced, assembly line. But I cut out the first set of triangles - 13 X 4 = 52. That's a lot of triangles for someone who hasn't made repeating blocks in a long while. I sewed them on. I have to say that I really don't like using oversize pieces. There is some laxness, since a lot of it can be trimmed off but then you do have to be careful at the part that will not be trimmed off. Also those long triangle points tend to bunched up in the machine.
That was when I realized that I hadn't sized the original blocks. I had cut all the squares when making the first block, and I assumed they were 7 inch finished, but they aren't. They are smaller. So now, instead of standard economy blocks, I will trim the corners of the yellow off and have a different kind of block. And I will have to do the math myself to figure it out. I don't want to waste my African fabric by making it too big and trimming it down.
I think it will still look pretty good that way though.
And no, I'm not going to take the tag off Schweetheart the Orangutan. One day, that Teenie Beanie Baby is going to be worth a fortune! Besides, how would I know her name if I took the tag off?
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