I want to start by giving myself some credit. One of the pieces for this block – which happened to be in a fabric I don’t have much of – ended up less than 1/16″ too small on one end of it’s 8.5″ side. I debated cutting another one. I decided against it. I reconsidered. I decided to move on. I sat at the sewing machine to start piecing, got up, and finally did the right thing and cut another one that was precise.
But then, when I pressed the first seam with an iron that wasn’t quite hot, I thought, “It’s close enough.”
And when my large flying geese points ended up close to the edge, I thought, “I can save those points with a small seam allowance.”
When my small flying geese points ended up right against the edge, I thought, “It won’t be that bad. I’ll keep that small seam allowance and make up the difference later.”
When I had to trim a random quarter inch off some of the pieces adjacent the center square, I said (probably out loud), “I’m totally making this work!”
No, I wasn’t. I’d simply told myself enough lies to grow a block that didn’t look like it was supposed to.
My husband said, “Just mail it anyway! It’ll be fine.”
Again, I thought about it, decided to mail it, reconsidered, reconsidered again and got out an envelope. Then I got out a new stack of fabric to try again.
The large flying geese turned out better, but not perfect. The small flying geese were a disaster, and instead of using the fancy quick method that makes them all at once, I picked out my stitches and resewed large, fool-proof pieces of fabric on each triangle to make the small geese one by one.
The result? A block I actually feel comfortable sending. It’s not perfect either, but it’s better.
The lesson? My lies will catch up with me. No one needs an enormous nose (unless they want one) or stars with rounded points (unless they want them!).
This block was made for the April round of Stash Bee’s Hive 3. Afton’s tutorial on making the block is here on the Stash Bee blog. Click through and scroll down to see how she plans to arrange the blocks in her quilt – it looks like such a clever idea!
P.S. No block I make will be perfect. I’m not a machine. But, my mama always said to do my best, and it’s important to me that I continue to try to accurate in this craft. In the interest of helping others, I thought I’d point out some of the most glaring reasons that I didn’t want to mail my first attempt at this block. I hope you find it inspiring!