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This was my first ever FPP. EPP, yes. FPP, no. Hadn't ever tried it, and as a newbie, I made every mistake you can make with this block. It was a Murphy's Law kind of block. But the end is all that matters right? I was not going to be conquered by a 12-inch quilt block!!! Even though about halfway through, I sliced my finger with my rotary cutter.. :( I'm a nurse, I've seen plenty of blood, so that didn't stop me. Broke out the bandages and kept on going. Hoping my next FPP experience goes a lot smoother. ha! But happy to have tackled it.
First FPP and first experience with a rogue rotary.. the really good news is that my finger finally stopped throbbing a couple of hours ago (a whole day later) and I didn't bleed to death! Yay! :) I felt really dumb, but I can't be the first person that's ever tried to lop off a finger with a rotary cutter, can I? Please tell me not. Because then I could feel more normal and less dumb. I feel like such an idiot.
Other weekend sewing progress included getting all of the large blocks bordered for the impromptu quilt.
There are 12 of them..
The rest of the blocks consist of turning five inch squares into large 9-patches and deconstructing them and setting them with strips of background.
I made two and then finished them to see what they would look like.. only 11 more to make. The center of that one there is a little off.. don't look too close..
They are huge blocks. I think I mentioned it before, but it ends up to be 90x90 in. That's bigger than Swoon! We'll see if I'm brave enough to quilt it myself or not.
Drop and Give Me Twenty has officially kicked off @ EvaPaige Quilt Designs.. so I'll be sewing 20 minutes (at least) every day in February. :) Or talking to my friends or emailing or texting about sewing.. that counts, too, right? :)
Here's the BOM collection so far.. waiting for the Feb. Riley Blake one to come out.
Hope you had a great weekend!!
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That block is really cute--I'm glad you persevered! I've had experiences like that, too, when everything you do is wrong... I've also cut the edge off my index finger. Seriously, it was back in the late 90s and my left index finger is "pointier" than the other to this day. It wasn't all my fault, though, the rotary cutter broke while I was using it.
Your blocks all look great! Hope your finger heals quickly. And no, you aren't the first to cut your finger. The very first class I taught years ago, I had someone cut their finger. I've even had someone in a class cut me with their cutter. It is a dangerous weapon. But, where would we be without it? Have a safe sewing day!
I haven't tried foundation piecing, but I can't say I've ever been tempted :)
You did a good job for your first go.
No to the rotary cutter, but I have chopped of a piece of my finger tip once. Took three days to stop bleeding. I did it while chopping spinach. Exactly! I have no idea how. It eventually grew back though. Mostly :)
I actually love FPP because of the accuracy you get. Yes, I keep my seam ripper right next to me and yes, at least once every time I sew the fabric backwards and have to rip it and I've done quite a bit of FPP. Oh well--can't be perfect! ;) Hope your finger heals quickly.
Your block is fabulous! But it looks very, very complicated. I would have been like you, having to unsew many seams. What was EPP and FPP stand for? (I'm still working on the quilting acronyms.) ;-)
I hope your finger heals quickly and well. You didn't need stitches? When I first got a rotary cutter years ago, I was working on the floor. I laid it face up without the guard on thinking I was protecting the floor. Wouldn't you know, my toddler daughter walked by, tripped, and landed right on it. She had a sad gash in her hand. I felt horrible! We're all safe if the blade is covered but it's hard to cut with a covered blade.... Accidents happen to all of us. Take care.
FPP is not at all easy the first time around, and that was a complex block for a firsty! You're right, though - it's super cute. Love the collection together so far!
Oh! And you are no way the only one with rogue rotary history! lol http://whatahootquilts.blogspot.com/2011/11/heres-to-quilt-hubbies.html