Right now I am having the best time working on these 2 quilts. I got a few more blocks done and I have some big paper pieced Santa's to make today. I got stuck on this Old Time Santa block and was overwhelmed, I guess, by the small pieces and what to choose for the background. Heck it wasn't hard at all really. I think I was just stuck and over whelmed in general. It's over now.
So here's Santa so far...a tad bit un-finished. I have to finish at least one pp Santa so I can add him to the old time guy's left side. I need the extra edge to be able to sew down his bird, hand, and birdhouse. It goes over onto the other block. Isn't it funny how you notice things in pictures that you don't see before?? The roof for the birdhouse isn't white. That's the freezer paper. It's black. I also forgot the staff and didn't remember it until I visited Karen's blog and saw her blocks, so I cut one out... but I think I'll change it to brown before I sew it. I'll see when I compare them.
Next up the log cabin block...
I have a bone to pick with these patterns, but I'll try to be brief. What do you do with the paper pieced block? I thought it said to add the seam allowances. So many times it does or doesn't need them. The flag didn't need any side allowance, but the top and bottom did. Now I make 7 little flying geese and it's way to tall, so I took one off. I don't mind the changes. I'd just like to understand how to do it. If I made the pieces exactly as she drew them, when I sewed them together all the tips would be cut off. I don't mind wonky, but having all the tips cut off in the same place looks badly pieced...not wonky. Oh well, I'll climb down now off the soap box.
Someone asked for pictures of the boys. They don't cooperate as well anymore, so I took them on the sly during morning nap time! Pixel sleeps in the box by the patio window... and Noodle...well, the big boy takes over the whole end of the sofa! This is why I own the purple pet Dyson with the cat hair attachment! You don't leave my house without a special treat to take home. We laugh all the time about us never being able to get away with a crime. The cat hair would give us away immediately!