Here we are at the final block in our journey to the stars. Block 9: Achernar. This block goes together pretty quickly using the skills we have worked on throughout this quilt.
I do have one tip to share with you about how I matched up the points of the Flying Geese units. First I tried just sewing them without pins or anything. You can see that the points just do not quite match. So this next bit is only for those, who like me, who tend to have a bit of the perfectionist about us.
I put just a little dab of glue from my fabric glue stick right at the edge of pieces before sewing together. The top point had no glue while the bottom one did. I think you will see why I stuck with the glue for this part of the block.
Since I was pressing these seams open, I went ahead and finger pressed them open and then waited just a bit to let the glue completely dry before using my iron. I did not seem to get any gummy, gluey, residue on the sole plate of my iron from this process.
Here is my Baby Block version. A little fussy cutting for the center of course. I think I will see if I have enough of the fabric with the bunnies to use as fussy cut cornerstones to go with the sashing for the blocks when I put them all together.
This was a busy time for my quilt pattern testers but they once again have created some beautiful blocks to share.
I have my plan sketched out of how I am going to put my blocks together. Both will be using sashing and cornerstones with some borders to complete the quilt top. I picked up a lovely rich black fabric that my stars will be hung in. I have often admired quilts that used black as a background for how they make the colors pop out and decided this was a good time to give that a try. At first this was my idea.
But then as I began to play with my quilt I decided to add another little border and I think this is what I am going to do.
I will have the finishing directions out to you soon. We are in the process of testing everything right now and as soon as that is done I will post them for you.
My baby quilt is on hold for now as I have several others projects that need my attention. I hope to get to it after the new year.
In the meantime if you want to go ahead with finishing your quilt I am going to refer you to my blog post for how I finished an earlier quilt. It will take you through the sashing and cornerstone process I use. For my quilt I will then be adding a 3/4" border, a 3" border, a 2.5" border and finally another 3" border. Always cut your border strips to the width and length of your quilt as measured in the middle and that will help keep things nice and square.
To get your copy of Block 9 click on the link below.
Block 9 PDF Pattern
It's Thanksgiving week here in the USA which adds its own set of goals into the usual mix. It will just be Ken and I around our table this year but that is not stopping me from going big with our traditional dinner. Yes, we will have lots of leftovers because I love stuffing so much, and it tastes so much better cooked in the bird, that I always get the largest that will fit into my oven. I am that person. I am perfectly fine with eating leftovers for awhile and not having to spend time out of my day cooking. It's how I normally operate anyway.
But there are other things I need to accomplish this week as well. All too soon after Thanksgiving on Thursday comes Dec 1st. A whole new set of activities come with Advent, but I am getting ahead of myself. Dec. 1st is also the release of the final block in this year's BOM, Star Light, Star Bright. So, near the top of my list is getting that blog post written. I have some items to get out to my pattern testers as well. And this week I also have some newsletters to write- for my own newsletter, ans I also do the newsletter for our local Audubon chapter.
I am trying to get back into the Flylady habit. For those that are not familiar, Flylady is a site dedicated mainly to keeping a clean home. This week she has us focused on the master bedroom...I will be doing a LOT of de-cluttering in there for sure. It seems to be my dumping ground when I don't want to take time to find a proper home for things.
With the coming of winter comes my commitment to doing a citizen science project Ken and I have participated in for the last two years. Winter Raptor surveys. We have two routes that we cover which total almost 200 miles. The purpose of this survey is to collect data on the numbers of raptors, (hawks, eagles, owls) that winter in the area. The area being covered extends from our home state of Oregon into California, Washington and Idaho. Our area of the state is the winter home to hundreds of Bald Eagles so we get such a thrill going out to see how many we can see. And then there are the occasional surprises of rare bird sightings as well. We will need to fit that in this week as well.
Somewhere in there I need to make time just to relax and do something that restores my soul as well. So, all in all, I think I have plenty to keep me busy this week. I have laid out my plan. Now on to meeting the goals I have set for myself. What do you have on tap to accomplish this week?
How did you do on this week's goals? I cannot share many of mine as they are for future publication. However I did spend some time this week learning my way around a new publishing program I am using and among other things came up with a couple of Thanksgiving themed images. You can download them by clicking on the photos below.
These are jpeg files (photo files). They need to be printed in landscape mode and I get the best results by using photo paper. You can print them any size; it will work as as long as the dimensions stay the same...6 x 4, 7 x 5, 10 x 8, 13 x 11, etc. This is something new I am trying, sharing photo files. When I tested it what worked for me was to save the file to my computer and then print it from there. The photos you receive will not have my watermark on them like they do here.
Hard to believe the end of November is fast approaching. Still so much to do, but each day I make a little more progress towards my goals and I have to constantly remind myself that God's grace is sufficient for each day.
I find myself struggling with distractions. Not important distractions, just little things that end up eating way too much time out of my day. I have identified the culprits, now I just need the will to overcome. I know these particular distractions are just a temporary reprieve that ultimately do not bring lasting joy. And while they are not bad in and of themselves, they do keep from things that should be the main things in my life right now. I see I already have the makings of one of next week's personal goals.
How did your week go?. Did you accomplish what you set out to do? If not, can you identify what got in your way? I really do want to hear from you. I really do mean it when I say let's share our struggles in this area and support and encourage one another along the way.
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