Election day is finally here and for residents of Ohio, at least, it couldn't come soon enough. The phone's been ringing off the hook with calls from campaigns, pollsters, special interest groups and the mailbox has been stuffed with political junk mail. The polls are so close that until the results are announced, I'll be a basket case. Or maybe I am a little bit anyhow.
I am having a lot of fun with these baskets. I'm still not sure how they're going to come together, though. And that caused me some problems this week. Because it's necessary to decide on pressing directions as you assemble these blocks, I fell back to my standard choice with baskets, pressing in toward the basket body to accomodate outline quilting. But at some point, it dawned on me that especially considering the small size of these, it was going to result in a lot of bulk if I put them together in 4-patches, like the classic stamps.
So I grabbed a couple of blocks and did a test join. As carefully as I pinned and adjusted and as slowly as I fed them under the needle, they still jogged off-kilter slightly. If that wasn't a big deal, the bulk, even after pressing the join seam open, was prohibitive...a big wad of fabric layers at the delicate point. Hmmm.
I had a few blocks still in pieces, ready to assemble after appliqueing the handles (my evening handwork), so I pressed the side seams on the basket bodies open as I sewed them up. Despite my reluctance - I'm a traditionalist, I prefer to press one way or the other - I do think this offers a lot more flexibility in final quilt assembly once I decide on a layout as well as quilting ease if I go with an overall pattern vs. an outline.
The downside was that I had to gently pull apart seams on all of the blocks I had already made to re-stitch and press them. That kept me busy, but I'm back on track now. What's kept you busy this week? (Besides trying to stay comfortable ~ *warm* wishes to all of my blog friends who are still suffering without power after the storm!)