This month has been tough to get going on my focal block for the month. I’m not sure why that is. I think part of it has to do with me being nervous about screwing it up.

This is the largest project I’ve ever worked on and I’m wanting to do really well on it. Overall I’m really proud of what I’ve done, but with the first two blocks I still have some small flaws that really bother me, but I don’t know how to fix them. As a separate block they’re fine, but I know once I connect them all together I’m going to have a hard time. There isn’t a 1/4″ seam allowance around every point and the blocks aren’t the same size. I could trim them down but I’ll be cutting the tips off of the points before I even sew them together.

These little nagging details are what kept me from moving forward with the third square, but I finally made myself do it.

Again, overall I’m very proud of it, but there are things that bother me.

The center of the block is a highlight for me. I worked really hard on making sure things lined up properly and that the points were near perfect. The issue I’m having is with the outside rows.

There is some bunching and one of the seams starts to angle away from the main block which isn’t right. I’m not sure how that happened since I used my Ideal Seam Guide and I glue basted everything.

I think the bunching is partly from over starching. I may have gone a little overboard because some of the pieces weren’t laying flat.

I can’t let this bother me, though I know it will for awhile anyway.

I just have to remind myself that the flaws can be hidden by a good quilting job. I don’t know if I’m talented enough yet to hide them, but I can certainly try.

I did manage to take some pictures of the process, but only a few. I was very focused on getting this block done and spaced taking the pictures.

These are four of the snowball blocks right before I cut the tips off. These went much smoother than the last snowballs I made so I’m excited about that.

Laying out the center rows before I glue basted them. I’m seriously proud of how the center turned out. They were small pieces so they weren’t easy to handle, but they turned out exactly the way they were supposed to.

I still have to do the small Ohio Star block and finish applique stitching the one from last week. I hope I can finish them without adding to the imperfections that are hanging over my head already.

How do you deal with your imperfections?