It took me a few minutes of sewing and measuring and adjusting to get that accurate quarter-inch seam, but I'm glad I did because I think it's worth it! It really is easy once you get the hang of it, and faster to boot. I discovered that for me the seam stays more accurate if I sew with the pointy end first, and I go a bit slower.
With this handy ruler I cut and sewed 175 HST's in no time! Out of that number I only had 10 rejects, blocks that were off just a smidge on one side or corner. I just want to make sure :o) I still have a bunch I've cut but haven't sewn yet.
Of course, I couldn't resist going out and looking for more black and neutral fabrics. I'm not really into Halloween and don't usually buy the fabric, but I got 2 yards (the minumum cut) of this piece at the Hancock's near me that's closing...
isn't it cute?
I've ended up with a nice variety of neutrals and blacks, enough for all the HST's in this step. Whatever is not used in this mystery will, of course, be added to my 2" strip basket.
I like looking at all the patterns I have to work with - roosters, puppies, flowers, keys, Santa's, olives paired with Christmas trees, Jan Mullin moons with holly leaves ...
Happy little blocks for a scrap-happy quilt! If it weren't for this mystery I don't know if I would have combined these fabrics with each other; for the neutral I'd probably have used something that read as a solid. I'm finally understanding what Bonnie means by "neutral" fabrics!
I'll keep you updated on my progress but be sure and visit the Mystery Monday Link Up page to see other Orca Bay Mystery progress!
Sew forth and sew on