Yesterday and today I spent some time making some blocks for the Spring Basic TreadleOn Block Exchange.
I hadn’t used my 99k handcrank to sew anything since I bought it a few months ago so I decided it was the ideal opportunity to test it out. In preparation I had oiled it several days ago, and I was amazed at the difference it made to the noise I was getting from the hook area. It is now so quiet.
I decided to make 2 sets of blocks for this exchange. One from some fabric that I received from a friend, and the other set from some that was already in my stash. Here are the results and I am so pleased about the fact that I was able to match the seams at the centre.
This time I decided to starch the material before I cut out the patches for the blocks, after a discussion with a TreadleOn member. I found it really helped with the piecing and there was almost no fraying of the fabric. It’s certainly worth a try if you have difficulty matching your seams, so give it a go!