|I thought I had finished the top of the first duvet cover, but wait....|
|....then I picked out the five blocks that had strong black in them.|
|I sewed new blocks by sewing the seams in the order they were sewn before.|
|Note that I am resewing this block into the row first.|
|I then sewed the side seams, just as I would have sewed the rows together.|
|I hope you can see that the pastel colored blocks don't detract from the center.|
|Blocks stacked and ready for stitching, carefully marked in rows as laid out.|
|The center block all pieced together for the top of #2 duvet cover.|
|Back side of block to show appliqued center block to checkered fabric.|
|Wrong side of center block with muslin back stitched front side to front side.|
|The block backed with muslin now has finished side seams ready for applique.|
|My garage-sale table top board works well to clip and press rows of blocks.|
|My "new" old used sewing table, better sized than my first little fold up table.|
So far the most comfortable chair to sit in for periods of time is an old chair of my mother's that is padded, but firm, to which I have added a high density foam block to sit upon. I simply stuck it in a pillow case for now and then added a chair pad to the top. Perhaps I will create a fancier cover to it sometime to make it a bit more attractive, but for now it makes me comfortable and elevates me to sew which is a high priority. I tried elevating the chair first which wasn't so comfortable. Taking time to be sure that the ergonomics of your space are right for you will save you time and energy in the long run!!
|My improvised sewing chair...not pretty but it works!|
I am thinking that I may make some of my quilts as my mother did, quilting them in blocks or strips in a quilt-as-you-go fashion as working on big quilts is very awkward. These covers will remain awkward to finish up, as they are to be king-sized patchwork covers to cover equal size duvets. One is a feather duvet and the other a polyfil duvet according to my daughter's preferences. I found them to be less expensive than purchasing extra thick comforter batting. These will not be quilted or tied which made them perfect pieces to practice sewing patchwork, and each is designed and constructed a bit differently. They will be very practical bed covers as they will be easier to launder by simply washing the covers and won't require taking them to a commercial washer, though their duvets may need washing occasionally in an oversize machine. I have learned on these projects that indeed, "mistakes do create other ways of doing things"!