It's been a while since I told you about my plans for the Around the World quilt on my Singer 99k. Since then, I have actually managed to start stitching on it and am slowly adding rounds of squares and my progress has gotten me this far -
|Ignore the pink and yellow post-its which are marking my row numbers |
and spoiling the effect of the Around the World colour ways for now.
It's quite the learning curve working with the hand-cranked Singer and figuring out how to grow this pattern sensibly, even if I am doing it without using handy strip piecing techniques. The Singer is lovely but I didn't realise how hard it can be to hold fabric single handed while using your other hand to crank the handle. Small pieces are grand, but as that block has grown bigger, it's heavier and harder to support with just my left hand. Also, no matter how hard I try, my foot is still looking for a pedal to press EVERY time I start sewing. It takes my brain a few seconds to stop anticipating a power surge ;-)
I should have listened to my own plans to only select and cut fabric for a row or two at a time. I got a bit carried away one evening and it took a LOT longer than I had imagined to press and cut fabric for all these rows. I think I just got excited about choosing the next colour and then the next, and the next. Those B&C fabrics are just so inviting! Not happening again though - max two rows at a time.
So far all those many squares have only reached about 36" square. Feels quite small for all that piecing, but that's the result of using 2.5" squares instead of bigger ones. (The rationale for which is on my first post here.) Anyway, no hurry on this and no definite idea of finish size either, so I'm not committed to anything I don't want to do. The cut fabrics for rounds 12 to 19 have yet to be added so I think I have plenty to be getting on with for now.
Hope to do a little more Around the World travel again soon!