Block 3 of the QAL with a moment of epiphany/inspiration/connection

I got an early start this morning on block 3 for the Michele Foster quilt-a-long I am participating in. I started at about 7.15 am.
The fabric selection
Cut ready to sew

 I liked how it was coming together at this point and my accuracy has DEFINITELY improved!

It was at about this point in the sewing process when something interesting happened. I was very focused on the accuracy of my quilting so my mind wasn't wandering at all until... the name Emma popped into my head. It felt very random and unconnected to my thought processes at the time. It  startled me as I don't know anyone named Emma. But the one person in my life who was named Emma was my grandmother on my father's side, I don't remember her at all because I was only a toddler when she died. But in that moment I was sure that this quilt was supposed to be named Emma in memory of my grandmother. 
I have only ever named one other quilt, see my previous post:I Wonder
But I don't feel like I have named this quilt, it named itself. I am not trying to say Emma spoke to me from beyond the grave, but perhaps I have some long buried memories of her wearing something with similar fabrics (the pink gingham perhaps) and although my brain couldn't access that specific memory it just heard the name. But my mind is open to any possibility and I did finish that block imagining that she was watching over me and proud of my efforts. So I had to redouble my efforts to improve my accuracy.

 Last week I had difficulty with aligning my points correctly which meant lots of unpicking seams, GRRRR! So today I developed a strategy to minimize unpicking. At each point I only sewed an inch or so across the point with the stitch length set to 4.

Then I could turn out the seam to make sure it was aligned properly before sewing the whole line. It worked like a charm. But of course my alignment was fine today so I didn't need to do any unpicking at all!! Typical. I think one of the reasons for my ease with alignment today was my liberal use of spray starch at every point in the process, so the fabric was almost like cardboard by this point and very easy to work with LOL.
Pretty good points for a newbie!

The completed block has a little too much white for my liking but once it is in the context of the whole quilt with all the white sashing/borders/backing I think it will look lovely. And i am loving my pink fabric choices more with every block!


  1. I like the colors you are using; it's going to be very pretty. Thanks for detailing the story of naming this quilt! That is an awesome story, and I love the name Emma! Our 2nd daughter is named Emma. She is now 20.
    Happy quilting!

  2. It has been pointed out on FB that some of my smaller triangles don't make the small pinwheels, but I don't intend to change them because if I leave them like that I will never make that mistake again LOL.
    Thanks Jayne for stopping by my blog and reading my story :)

  3. Hi!!!! Love your story and your block!!!! My Granddaughters is named Emma!!!! I seen your post on hexis' at Sew We Quilt!!!! Madame Samm is one the most wonderful ladies you could ever hope to find!!!! She does wonderful and fun!!!! She is the main reason I am learning to quilt!!!!

    1. I am really enthusiastic about the hex challenge as it has been on my to try sometime list for way too long. And it seems Emma was a very popular name in our grandmother's generation!

  4. I also had a grandmother named Emma, whose portrait I recently put in my sewing room.
    I like the colours you're using and your points are looking good.

    1. I had never really thought much about my grandma because I didn't really know her, but everyone who does remember her loved her. After today I really wish I had known her. Thanks for commenting on my post, I did feel like I went out on a limb with this one and thought that readers may think I was a little nuts, but it was written from the heart.

  5. Some days I think that everything goes so smoothly. To me, nothing is different. Those days are beautiful. The others, I get so frustrated with sewing gone wrong. I don't know what gives on those days. Very nice pinwheels.

    1. Yes Yvonne I know the feeling, these were my first ever patchwork pinwheels so I really had no idea what I was doing when I got to the QST part so the tutorial wasn't quite detailed enough for my very beginner skills, I didn't realize orientation of the blocks being put together was important (Duh!) but I was happy to see that I was not the only person who had issues, just the first!


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