I'm joining Friday Night with Friends (FNwF) over on Cheryll's blog - Gone Stitchin'.
I have been stitching along with The Splendid Sampler by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, and you can read more about The Splendid Sampler on their blog - here.
When I signed up to FNwF I thought I would work on these blocks:
"Happy Happy" - already in progress, and
"Simple Simon" - which I hoped to be able to cut out Friday afternoon, ready to stitch in the evening.
However, next week a decorator is coming in to redo our living room (we used to do it all ourselves but this time round we are having difficulty summoning up the enthusiasm we used to have, plus neither of us are getting any younger!). Although we had already bought the wallpaper, we still had to buy the paint, so to make sure we had the paint ready for the radiators we had to buy it Friday afternoon!
Which meant Friday evening I had to cut the fabric for Simple Simon, and Saturday afternoon I pieced it together. This patchwork malarkey was harder than I had imagined it would be! Happy Happy is still waiting unfortunately.
I have stitched patchwork before - I made a lapquilt - but I found this block a lot harder! Working on Simple Simon my sewing machine really didn't play ball! I had the "Walking Foot" in place, and I found my fabric kept skidding under the needle as I stitched. I had to frog it as I struggled to get straight seams.
I pressed my fabric a few times, and horror of horrors at one point I found I was ironing rather than pressing - that did the block no good at all! - but with a little more pressing it worked out OK, eventually! No way is this a beginner's block! (Not complaining - just saying!)
I suppose it didn't help that I was also stitching a binding around the lid to my Mini Needlecase, which can be seen top left of the photograph, and working out how to mitre the corners.
I am so pleased you could join me today, and I will be even happier if you leave a comment to let me know you have visited, then I will be able to make sure I visit you too!
Have a great week!