it's my turn to host the gypsy wife qal monthly giveaway! this month's winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from the fat quarter shop. free is always nice, but free fabric of one's own choosing is extra nice.
how are your gypsy wives coming along, anyway? mine is looking something like this:
according to the schedule, the blocks for september are
|Puss in the Corner (2)||Square in a Square (7×3″),||9|
a few other tips i discovered along the way follow.
tip #1: don't use your default 1/4" seam guide foot since you are stitching on the drawn line rather than at a 1/4" out from anything. i noticed my guide foot was causing a little bunching as i sewed. just the regular old foot works best here. (this may only apply to me who can't sew without her training wheel foot on.)
and now you see why sewing takes me so long. i only seem to learn by trial and error.
tip #5: when cutting the seam allowance on the first two corners, you can gain yourself the tiniest bit of wiggle room by cutting the seam at a scant 1/4" rather than a true or generous 1/4".
if you put the 1/4" mark to the right of the seam, you'll be cutting it generous. don't do this. and let's just all pretend we don't see that my corner block shifted and isn't perfectly lined up with the other corner, okay? who needs accuracy, anyway?
as for tips for the puss in the corner block, you're on your own. i haven't done it yet. also, anyone know where that name came from? i just don't get it but i'm sure there's a fascinating story behind it.
if you have any tips at all for either of these blocks, please share in the comments!
for participants who did complete your blocks for september, please join the link up to enter for the $25 fat quarter shop gift card giveaway.