I jumped on the “angiewagon” that is #100days100blocks! At first I was hesitant, there’s the “oh crap 100 blocks 100 days” thoughts, then there’s the 1/4″ seam thoughts. I do a lot of hand piecing and am comfortable hand piecing 1/4″ seams but machine piecing, especially small piecing scares me and I thought I just wouldn’t be able to do it. Then Angie gave me the “if you don’t practice you won’t get better” talking to and she’s right. So I threw on my 1/4″ seam foot and gave it a crack. Is it perfect, no. Can I cope with my results, yes. So I’m in. Hopefully I have the stamina for 100 days. I’m prepping fabrics for blocks and cutting ahead so when it comes to sewing I can grab a couple at a time and bang them out.
I’ve decided to use all Cotton and Steel prints combined with Moda Grunge to give some added texture, I have a thing about solids, probably more to do with my lack of confidence in my machine piecing and solids being less forgiving with imperfection!
- Get your book, Two Little Birdies has it on sale in Australia at the moment, I then took my book to Officeworks and for $5 had it plastic spiral bound to make it easier to use the book.
- Change your sewing machine needle! Start fresh.
- Give your machine a quick clean over, clear out any dust bunnies in your machine.
- Have spare rotary blades, I started using a 28mm rotary cutter and blade but have blunted it very quickly, I’d already ordered extras from Scissorman. I’ll probably switch between my 45 and 28mm cutters.
- Get organised, make sure you keep block pieces separate whilst they’re waiting to be sewn. Lots of small piecing so lots of opportunity for mess! I’m using a plastic folder with sleeves and keeping my pieces there ready and waiting, labelled with their block number.
- Teach yourself to chain piece. Some blocks in this book really lend themselves to chain piecing, so look at how the block goes together and workout your construction.
- Take your time, or you’ll do what I did and have to rip out the first block as you weren’t paying attention and were rushing.
- Have a little ironing station set up next to your machine so you don’t have to keep getting up and down. These blocks are on the small size, so they come together relatively quickly.
- Set your seams as you sew and then iron your seams as your preference. I don’t like to iron seams open I iron to the side, just my preference so do what you like. Great tips here.
- Once your block is finished give it a nice press, my preference is to give them a nice steam iron flat.
- AND the biggest thing is to enjoy it. I’m having so much fun putting together the prints for each block and then seeing how they turn out. My first couple of blocks I’m happy with. You can follow my blocks at an Instagram account I’ve set up specifically for this project.
- Follow the hashtag #100days100blocks. SOOOO many amazing different blocks already at day 3.
- And the most important tip, have fun! Enjoy the process, if you miss a day jump back in.