Welcome to Ringo Lake – Week 1 with Brenda!

December 01, 2017

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one up early on Friday morning to start cutting for the first clue. I thought Bonnie’s advice about checking accuracy of seam allowances was valid, so I began with cutting enough for one unit. My new Bernina 590 sews like a dream! I love piecing with dual feed and I’m glad I took the time to check that the first 9 patch unit. It measured a bit short so I adjusted how I guided the fabric and they units were more accurate.

When cutting, I like to make sure that the line I am measuring uses one of the dashed lines on my ruler. That way I can see EXACTLY where the fabric is! Ideally, I try to line the fabric up in the center of the line. If you are using one of the solid lines, you cannot see if the fabric edge is more to one side or the other. It’s a small thing, but on small units like these, little things can certainly make a big difference!  


Bernina Joy suggested that cutting off of the short end of the fat quarters to increase the scrappiness of the blocks. What a brilliant idea! I also decided to cut them in half for even more variety as I made the strip sets for the units. 

The colors of this quilt are gorgeous! With the simplicity of the piecing for this clue I was able to complete the units relatively quickly. Clue one is done and I’m taking a break from the mystery quilt to try out the embroidery on my 590. So fun! Happy sewing-Brenda 

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