I learned something MAJOR this week! I love doing this sampler quilt a long because I'm really trying to expand my skills and neaten up my sewing. I've made two projects with half square triangles and I have trimmed them up to the same size but my triangles were always uneven. My pinwheels quilt came out OK just because the squares were pretty big and the uneven triangles weren't that noticeable. But making these fussy little squares really made it obvious I wasn't trimming them evenly. Amy was showing us how to trim but I just wasn't getting it. I was ready to give up but decided NO, this would not defeat me. I googled half square triangles and found this awesome video that showed someone trimming them with a square and the 45 degree line. Wow! I got it!! I love learning from the Internet but sometimes I just need a person here showing me what to do. How simple. Now when I read Amy's instructions it all makes sense. She explained it perfectly!
Here are the squares from the last two weeks. The log cabin looks huge because it came out too small so I added one more set of logs so I could trim it down later. One challenge I'm working on is my 1/4" seam. I got my machine all set and marked the spot where my needle should be for the perfect 1/4" and it works for a little bit but I swear the needle moves back. The slider is in the exact same mark under my sharpie line but my seam is bigger again. If I turned the machine off and on and move the slider down and up and reset it at the line it's 1/4" again but soon I can tell it's back to the default. Does anyone have trouble with keeping their needle in one spot? I think I'll just learn to adjust my cuts to work with my slightly bigger seam allowance. It really hasn't been a problem until I'm making these squares that require precise measurements.
Sunday I'm off on a vacation with my honey for eight days. I can't wait to get away for a while and just R.E.L.A.X. I'll be all refreshed and ready to catch-up when I get back.