Happy Sunday everyone! I finally finished my Riley Blake January Mystery Block last night. Honestly, it wasn’t hard to do once I read the directions a thousand times. But I did find it time consuming because of all the squares and matching up you need to do. In the end that’s not really a big deal when I look at my first ever completed quilt block! The patterned fabric is the Hometown line by Sweetwater and the linen is from my leftover bin. What do you think?
I spent most of my time on these tiny triangles. The directions call for sewing 2 – 3″ squares together in assigned patterns (lots of them!) You mark a diagonal line with a marking pen. You then sew 1/4″ on each SIDE of the line you drew. From there, you cut the squares in half where you marked with the pen creating 2 triangles. Easy Peasy. The only problem I ran into is sewing thinner unlined cotton prints together. I am use to home decor weight with or without interlining so I found myself sewing slow to make sure the fabric didn’t bunch up. Why don’t quilters add a thin interfacing to the cotton before assembling? Bulk? Stiffness? This clueless quilter needs to know!
After I had tons of little triangles, I pressed them open to make two-colored squares. From there you have to go through every newly pressed square and trim it to 2 1/2″! That is what took the longest time because you want each square perfect. So the picture you see above is the trimmed squares set into a pattern (by row) and sewn together. From there all you had to do was follow the picture (thank goodness for picture directions!!) and assemble the rows. A good pressing on each side and I’m done.
I enjoyed this month’s block and cannot wait to see what next month has in store. Riley Blake has created a Pinterest board for the Mystery Block challenge, so click on over and you can check out what everyone else is doing. See you tomorrow!