Thursday, April 6, 2017

Rainy Day Stitching and Backyard Birds

I am stitching the first of my connecting blocks for my

I am using up small scraps here.

I have a 1" template with a 3/8" seam allowance but am
also trying to use the small squares left after cutting the honeycombs 
from a 5" charm square.
This allows for, at beats, a scant 1/4" seam.

I am wondering if any experienced EPPers
would please weigh in on this.

I am concerned that the scant 1/4" seams might compromise my finished quilt.

I want this quilt to last a lot longer that it takes me to make it
and I use my quilts and it will get a lot of wash and wear.

Advice very much appreciated.

So far I am only stitching in the ones with a 3/8" seam allowance.

It is a very rainy day here.

A good day to stay in and sew 
and watch the backyard birds 
through the windows.

Here is one I have never seen in my tiny postage stamp size urban lot ...

a Wild Turkey!!

We do see them a lot along the highways and in rural areas 
but not on our city street.

Katniss has decided to keep a close eye on our visitor today
and is not helping me sew.
The look on her face when she saw this huge bird was priceless.

May you have a happy stitchy day ... :) 


  1. Your pieces are very nice. I've always used 1/4 seams allowances on my EPP. If the stitches made on the blue little square are representative of what you usually do, you will have no problem with 1/4 seams, IMHO. Your stitches are very close together and that's the way it should be. If you still have any anxiety about it, choose a quilting pattern that is fuller or heavy as some say. Hope that helps. ;^)

  2. liking what you are doing here, re seams I tend to make mine a bit bigger as I find it less fiddly, mind you I baste mine but recently bought some glue and I am going to try that as it will be much quicker

  3. I don't think you need to worry about the scant seam allowance at all. I never use anything more than a quarter inch--otherwise it gets to bulky, IMO! My dog flushed out a wild turkey earlier this week while we were walking. I've never seen one so close to home!


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