I've been devoting a little time here and there to Miss Rosie's Little Bites pattern, Speck. Speck is this month's Schnibbles group's pattern--really cute and there are two options for making the blocks, either with "X"s or "O"s. Nope, it's not Speck that's "not my favorite." And, it's neither Miss Rosie nor Ms. Carrie Nelson who are not my favorites either--'cause they are! Who DOESN'T love them?
Nope, what's not my favorite, when it comes to quilting, are these little corner thingies. I've heard them called connector corners. You don't want to hear what I call them.
Over the years, my cutting and stitching skills have become more and more accurate, but no matter how often I make these corner doo-hickies, they never come out perfect; those corners, once they're pressed back, are always a little wonky. And I don't like to leave all three layers; nope, I'm a trimmer. I like to get rid of that extra bulk. And doing that means I'm eliminating the constant, dependable block edges to line up with.
The first two blocks I pieced ended up being just a bit off. You know how sometimes they just won't lay flat no matter how much pressing and steaming you apply . . . until you get so frustrated you find yourself simply BEATING them with the iron and shouting, "Die, die, die"? No? Doesn't sound like something you'd do? No, me neither. Who'd DO that?! Sheesh!
By the time I got to the third block, I decided it would probably be worth the extra time to square up the pieces so the corners were a bit nicer and everything fit together well. And that DID work a little better.
Now I'm about half way done with my blocks, but I may need to take a little break from this project and go back to the appliqued winter blocks I'm making to swap with my guild group--the swap is supposed to take place Tuesday evening. That will also give me time to get a new iron. I don't know why, but for some reason the bottom plate seems to have come a bit loose from the body of the iron, so it's probably time to replace it.
Is there a type of piecing that's not your favorite?