Yay! The 12 baby quilt blocks are assembled!! Whew, that was a lot of work. These pieces range in size from 1” to 7” and that requires a lot of sewing. Thank goodness for audio books, they really help to break up the monotony of running 192 – 1 1/2” squares through the sewing machine.
While assembling some of the smaller sections, I was paying special attention to keeping my seam allowances straight. Several times my mind wandered to a particular group quilt class that I took a few years back, and the large number of participants that made careless crooked seams and/or seams that were improperly measured. That might work for quilts that have larger pieces, but when working with very small pieces of fabric it is imperative that your seam allowance be perfect, or as close to it as you can manage.
For a quilt block like the one I am working on, a quilter really needs to striving for perfection right from the get go, especially when the smaller pieced sections butt up against larger un-pieced, pieces of fabric. Here is what I mean:
Being off this little doesn’t seem like it would matter a whole lot, but it really does. I always check my seam allowance before starting a new project because different fabrics press differently and that gives you different readings and I have come across sewing needles that do not always have the thread hole exactly centered. Also, if I change my pressure foot, I recheck my measurements. It is better to spend 5 minutes checking for seam allowance accuracy than to have the whole project come out askew.