I am making headway on the 16-patches for the Sweet 16 Quilt-Along at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
I started cutting the hand-dyed scraps into 2.5-inch strips.
Then I started making strata of four strips, each about 10.5 inches long, and then cut those into four pieces 2.5 inches wide.
Once I had a bunch of them, I started arranging the pieces into groups of four.
These are the 16-patches I have ready to sew together.
I'd like to make this quilt about 60 x 60 inches, and I'm hoping I can squeak it out of the scraps I have. After the 16-patches are made, I'll still need a couple hundred 2.5 x 2.5 squares in the hand-dyed fabrics for the corners of the X blocks and the border.
Here's the first X block.
So we'll see how it goes!
I'm piecing this quilt on Brother Everett. Things were humming right along until the time I forgot to change the default stitch setting after I first turned the machine on. It defaults to 00, which is a straight stitch with the needle in the left position (WTH, Brother?), which would be okay—if I didn't have the 1/4-inch foot on. Unfortunately, I did.
When the needle came down and hit the metal foot, Everett let out a very grumpy sound.
The machine stopped itself and the display read "ERROR." No kidding, Everett. No need to rub it in.
On any other of my machines, this would have meant a broken needle for sure. But once I got the right setting entered, we were good to go. The needle may have bent very slightly, though, because the next time I tried to use the automatic needle threader, it didn't work. Hopefully, it'll be okay again once I change the needle, and Everett doesn't hold a grudge.