As a gift to myself last Christmas, I signed up for a Block-of-the-Month at a local quilt shop, Gathering Fabric. They are offering a beautiful rendition of the Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt as their Saturday Sampler this year.
I was all hyped to get going when I picked up my first packet. But after making the first block, I realized this project was going to be a test of my skills!
My finished block ended up a full 1/2" smaller than it was supposed to. You can see my issue(s) highlighted in the photo above. Gah!!! But-- it was a good eye-opener. This pattern is truly a skill builder, enforcing the importance of accuracy while piecing. There is very little room for error. I think I have been spoiled by the patterns I have been using lately-- relatively simple blocks, lots of "trimming down" to size as you go and whatnot. My piecing skills have definitely gotten a bit rusty (lazy).
With accuracy in mind, I finally dove into my second block paying very careful attention to seam allowances:
Woo! And it is the right size! *happy dance*
Now I'm going to give that first block a do-over. I want to get it right!