Wednesday, August 8, 2018

One Hundred Blocks - One Hundred Days

Days 4-7

I've had some inquiries about the size of my blocks.  They will finish at 11".  The 9-patch center is constructed from 2-1/2" squares.  But the outside round is cut from 3" strips.  The sew-and-flip star points are 2-1/2" squares.

That allows the star points to "float" or have some breathing room so that I don't have to worry about the points precisely matching when I put the blocks together.

So for one block I need:
     Background fabric
        4 rectangles @ 3" x 6-1/2"
        4 squares @ 3 "
        5 squares @ 2-1/2
     Contrast fabric
        12 squares @ 2-1/2"

Yesterday was only Day 4, but with Grandson's wedding this weekend I thought it wise to stitch ahead.  I devoted most of my time at Devo and Sew yesterday to stitching the sew-and-flip star points because I am never quite happy with the seam allowance on my travel machine, especially when I'm combining parts sewn on different machines (9Ps had been stitched at home) .

However, after prepping about five blocks yesterday, I decided to assemble one to show my progress to everyone.

Day 4
Bad idea!  I forgot that I normally move my needle position to the right on that machine (in spite of the fact that I have a sticker on the machine to remind me), so this block is a full 1/4" too small.  Yes, I could accommodate the difference in the final construction, but I'm not happy with the way the star points don't match up with the 9P seams.

Some frogging will be required at a future time.  Here are closeups of 5 through 7.

Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
You might be able to see that I have duplicated some fabrics, but I am trying not to duplicate the combinations.  With 110 blocks, that might be impossible to accomplish.


  1. The seam ripper keeps us humble! I kept telling myself that the other night when I spent a few hours ripping off borders. :(

  2. If you do end up duplicating a combination you will probably be the only one to notice! I like that these will float against their backgrounds and the colours are lovely.

  3. Pretty blocks, Libby! I must say that I admire your fortitude. I'm not brave enough to tackle a project of that magnitude!

  4. This is going to be nice! My favorite style -- pieced repeating block with scrappy fabrics.

  5. So this will be a color-recipe? The stitch/flip is a great idea. You won't need to add sashing!

  6. Beautiful blocks, Libby. Love to see these as you roll them out.

  7. Oh, I LIKE these. It will be beautiful! Sharon B in Franklin


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