Each block measures 6 inches, and the center pieces are quite small. I could never get them sewn with any accuracy if I didn't paper piece them.
I'm not usually a fan of paper piecing because it is a bit tedious to be honest. You can't really do any chain piecing, and you have to stop to trim and press each seam as you go. That being said, I have a new ironing setup at my machine that has made things much easier.
This is the Dritz Petite Press mini iron. I saw it mentioned on Bonnie Hunter's blog and was curious to try it. I have been disappointed in the past with small travel irons that just did not get hot enough, but this one really does. HOWEVER...it does seem a bit tipsy and I did burn myself at first when trying to use the little metal stand to rest it on. So, I came up with a solution that works just great....
I took a tall coffee mug from my cupboard and used that to rest the iron on. The built in stand makes a perfect clip to secure the iron to the rim of the mug.
AND, to keep the mug from tipping over, I filled it with spare change to weight it down.
It's a system that works perfectly for me now, and I haven't burned myself since.
On a completely separate subject, now that February is over, it's time to 'fess up on how I did with the "Drop and Give me Twenty" pledge from last month. I did manage to complete one quilt, but it was not the quilt I had hoped to finish. And I did manage to finish the knitting on the sweater for my son. Now I just have to sew it together and then hopefully never, ever make another man's sweater again!