WIP Wednesday: Piecing Progress

I've vowed to get caught up on the Building Blocks Quilt Along before Leah Day gets to Block 5. After finishing the quilting for the Block 2.3 last week, I got all the blocks pieced for Block 3 (Rail Fence Block) and Block 4 (Modern Building Block). Four of each. By this weekend I intend to switch gears back to quilting and get my Rail Fence blocks marked.

BBQA blocks 3 and 4 pieced

In the meantime (partly because I was out of printer ink, so I couldn't mark my above blocks for quilting), I went back to an old work-in-progress. I last mentioned this project in my first post when I showed a peek at this project. As of today I've now made 162 two-inch squares into these eighteen 9-patch blocks. This brings me up to step 10 in the project. I love when all the little pieces start coming together. Next up, I attach all those strips from January with the half-square triangles on them to border these 9-patches. This is a mystery quilt, so I still don't know what the final quilt will look like.

eighteen 9-patch blocksHere's a closer look at some of them:

9-patch detailWorth noting, I found my fabrics in this project to be very "floppy"... I guess I'm a fan of using starch. :-) Also, I kept following the directions of pressing the seams to one side for consistency throughout this project. And I even failed to follow the directions on one set, oops... hope that doesn't come back to bite me in the next step. It has reinforced my new-found love for pressing the seams open. :-)

The Girl has hijacked The Purple Quilt for use in her crib. This seems to be further evidence that I need to get my act together and finish HER quilt. I got some great advice from the quilters in the BBQA community about machine applique methods. I'll have to look into the specifics and maybe do a small project to practice.

I'm linking up, for the first time, to WIP Wednesday with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

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