For the last two months I have been doing lots of Secret Sewing in between several teaching trips. I still can't tell you about it yet but here's a teaser:
Now on to the Sizzle borders--lots of applique' in my future:
VERY IMPORTANT TIP FOR BLOCK CORNER SEAMS:
In piecing these 20" blocks together, I found my block corner seams, which are pressed open, were coming apart. I had to sew them back again and that took time and wasn't all that easy--the seams joining the circles to the Block Corners are pretty short.
What I wish I had done:
1. Check each seam on each block after trimming it to 20.5". I had oversized my block corners so when trimming I was cutting away any backstitching I might have made on the block corner seams. Re-sew any seams that were coming open.
2. Stay-stitch the open seams as soon as the block was done--this stitching is done within the 1/4" seam allowance:
Now to get my Warm Sizzle blocks assembled. Then I will prepare and start the machine applique' of the borders.