I've kind of lost track what block I'm on, so here are some snippets, suggestions and comments. For one of the blocks, I decided it would be a good idea to paper piece a sawtooth border.
Paper piecers! Do you have one of those little wooden irons?
They are great for pressing down the tiny pieces of your paper pieced blocks - so you don't have to keep popping up and running over to your iron. They can be used right or left-handed (THANK YOU!!!) and just have such a nice feel to them!
Highly recommended. Use one, and before you know it, you'll have a nice little line of saw...teeth?
I did a couple rows and put them with this artillery flag:
I moved on to some simpler things after that.
Yes, like totally trashing my sewing table! Exactly. I need to find a way to put the blocks up on a design wall of some sort. Quickly.
My overall aim is to use fabrics and blocks historically accurate to the Civil War era. Well... reproduction fabs, but you know what I mean! I decided to toss in an Indian Hatchet, so to speak.
I showed the block to my husband and asked him (with no hinting) to guess the name of the block. He came up with "Battle Axe", so I think it must be pretty well-named! I also made some little Cannon Ball blocks...
and incorporated them into a block with one of the artillery battery guidons.
Get it? An Artillery guidon with Cannon Ball blocks? Call it "quilt humor meets Army wife/brat humor".
Since the sawtooth border came out so well, I thought I should try my hand at equilateral triangles:
Not a bad idea, per se ... but then I thought I should turn the corner with them. Here's a look at the completed block they live in:
See the upper-right corner? That's as close of a look as you're going to get. I ripped it out three times before deciding to leave it. As I posted to FaceBook, three things to remember: the Alamo, to be careful with food processor blades and to avoid inset Y-seams at all cost. What was I THINKING?!?!? Yeah, OK, it looks pretty cool, though. From a galloping horse. And at least I haven't forgotten the Alamo.
Today's goal - a small Ohio Star to put with ... something. And to come up with a design wall.
Thanks for reading!