Block number/name: J-2 “Picture Perfect”
Date completed: January 30, 2009
Number of pieces: 15
Notes on block: Somewhere I messed up when cutting this one out. None of the outside bars (or the long inner bar) fit—they were all 1/8” shorter than the units they were supposed to connect with. I think I must have messed up the squares somehow. But, since I threw out my cutting notes, I’ll never know.
Typically, with the pieced blocks that have simple shapes (squares, rectangles, certain triangles), I not only print out templates from the software, but I also look at the recommended “Rotary Cutting” directions. Then I pencil in those measurements onto the templates. With triangles, I use the measurements to cut out my initial piece, and then use the template to ensure exact size. But I’m lazy with the squares/rectangles. In this instance, it would have been good to double-check myself with the templates on those. With the larger pieces inside being squished to fit the shorter pieces outside, I ended up with a block that ballooned in the center. Doh!
Fortunately, the iron is my friend, and I was able to press the block into pretty shape. One might even say it is now "picture perfect." (Sorry... I couldn't resist!)