But, since I had to wait on my gold fabric to come in the mail, I decided to work on my Orca Bay project a little. I didn't think I would get it done in a week, but I worked really hard. . and I DID! I'm going to be meeting Bonnie the first week of November in Hawk's Nest, so I wanted to be sure to finish it before then, and also before her next mystery quilt comes out. I still am thinking about borders, but I still got quite a bit done in less than 1 week!
I didn't get a picture of my HSTs and QSTs because I have been working on those as leader-enders since last year!
The first thing I did was my strings. Red strings were first. Aren't strings SO addictive?!?!
Also I wanted to show you what I do for each and very quilt I make, that has a block format - - I started labeling my sewn blocks (rows) with numbers, and arrows a long time ago. I used to throw the away, but I soon realized that since I use them so often, I could REuse them for each quilt. They are quickly scribbled on paper, the number and then the direction in which to press my seams. All odd numbers go one direction, and even numbers go in the OTHER direction. I attach them in the LEFT/CENTER of the block (away from seams) and pin with a small metal pin. The tiny metal pins don't get in the way when yo'ure pressing your seams. BUT, since it's paper, they do have quite a few holes in them at this point, and it's probably time to throw them away and start over. LOL. . Maybe I could use fabric this time around, so I won't EVER have to throw them away ;c)
If you're sewing from a pattern, then often times they will tell you exactly which direction to press your seams. I sew mostly my own creations now-a-days, so these little numbered/arrowed squares are necessary so I'll have nice butted seams. Not only that, but when I'm pinning my blocks on the wall, I'm not only looking for block placement, but also color. In scrap quilts, you don't want a big dark area, or a bunch of similar fabric close together. If your rows are labeled, you won't have to worry about getting mixed up.