Thirty six beautiful blocks.
And they all need to be fixed.
The problem is, when I join the blocks together, there is too much bulk where too many seam allowances come together. See the arrow on the right in this photo? There are already six layers of fabric there. When I join this block to the next one, even if I press the seam allowances open, there will be twelve layers of fabric on each side, big lumps. This happens at all four sides of each block.
So I need to open up the last inch of each of those seams, press the seam allowances in the other direction, and resew the seams. Four per block. 36 blocks. Sigh. Here's one block opened and re-pressed. Not so pretty, now.
This is how UFOs happen. If I don't do this now while this project is still in active progress, I'll never come back to it. So I'm spending some quality time with my seam ripper.
Two blocks unsewn, re-pressed, resewn, and joined together:
OK, this is working. The blocks come together as smooth as possible.
A whole afternoon, and one row to show for it:
OK, much better:
Another whole afternoon, another row. This is slow and tedious, but worth it.
One of my goals this month is to get these blocks all pieced together into the top. It's taking longer than I thought it would, so wish me luck!
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