Well, block #2 is done for my guild exchange on Sunday. I love how this block looks but it kicked my butt! First, as you can see from the colors, I used a different green on the center block. Why do you ask????? Well, because I screwed up the cutting on the other fabric and had none left to work with. This green came out of the same fabric line but in this picture it looks awful!! In person, it really isn't that bad. But still....not that happy with it. I also made a note in the book to cut that piece larger than what they say and trim it down (Di, I will explain!). My daughter-in-law (I can't call her a DIL, as per her request) made this same block and didn't have good luck with it. Now I see why! It has tons of matching points on it that makes being precise in your sewing a necessity. No fudging on this one!
But I have to admit that together these blocks are beautiful. I almost hate to trade them away in my exchange. And for the work involved in these two blocks I sometimes have the luck of getting a very simple block in return with not so current fabric. But hey, in the spirit of Christmas, whatever I get I will be happy with. There is always alot of talk around the sewing table about exchanges and the thing is that for the work involved in these blocks, I should just not participate in the exchange and make blocks that all match and are done in the same shades and colors and keep them! But I guess the fun is being surprised by what you get back!
Quilting, knitting, sewing... any kind of craft. Couldn't possibly forget wool applique and embroidery either. And did I mention that I like to make purses, totes and organizer bags? That is what I love to do. My greatest joy is making things for my family and friends. I have been a crafter since I was a little girl. I would sit for hours and watch my Mom and Aunts knit, crochet, sew, tat and embroider. They would hand me baskets of scraps and I would sit on the porch and make clothes and blankets for my Barbie dolls. That was many, many years ago. My greatest joy will be when I am able to sit with my grandchildren and teach them all about the wonderful world of crafting!!