- Determined to make the best job I can for the Brit Quilt Swap, and with all those teeny pieces, I needed the most consistent seams allowances of my life. Hence a smashing blue strip of masking tape on my machine, which although almost flat, actually gives a really good 'edge' to butt the fabric up against - bonus.
- I chain-pieced each row and didn't get in a tangle! I'd only tried this once before and had got fed up after about 4 pieces and chopped them apart and carried on as usual. On these small squares it was perfect for keeping track, and by the end I had mastered the optimum spacing between the blocks.
- I don't know how I would have coped without the layout photo! I had to keep checking back which way the tiny squares went together and will need it for the next stage for sure - how did we function before digital photography?
- I seem to have mastered my iron! It has scorched, soaked and generally been the bane of my life until last night, when it steamed, flattened and generally made my seams as crisp as they could be - what a difference, and about bloody time!
- ... and finally the weight of a couple of Argos catalogues straight after pressing each row, just for a few minutes, works a treat to get everything as flat as possible.
So now I have 9 piles of ten 2.5" squares ready to be joined. Hope my partner is as excited about seeing how this all turns out as I am; dear son has already put in an order for Skull v.2.