Okay okay. UNCLE!!!! I Give up. It all began with the dreaded iron. That extra step that I avoided with all that I possessed. Then, while at Quilting By the Lake, I realized the benefit in ironing my seams as I went along.
So, return I did, and new irons were bought. Iron then became a part of my quilting process with each seam.. Not just at the end.
Now while working on these blocks, half square triangles etc...I decided to still wing it a bit. I thought I was doing something by making the parts larger and then trimming the final block parts down to size... Still no consistency.
Then someone posted a piece on gettin accurate points... It involved, accurate block pieces, accurate 1/4 inch markings and pinning. I saved it after I read it and laughed and said the force would have to be strong in me to do all those steps... Lol
And then I thought... What would Yoda say... "DO or DO NOT, there is NO TRY!!! And alas I realized that either I would strive for matched points and precision pieces or I would not. I would cease tryin to wing it.. For there is no TRY...
So a couple of days ago, I trimmed all my pieces square to the right size and ironed them. (Trimming each piece was new). I even double checked my 1/4 inch on my machine with the ruler thing that allows the needle through the hole.
Then this eve, I pinned the half square pieces etc according to the recommendations in the posting. PINNING was the other new activity.
Ironed them ...
And every last one was perfectly matched and ready for more pinning..
And alas, I can no longer follow the old ways... I must not go to the dark side.
For as Yoda says.
Ugh... More steps more time... But it means precision piecing at the end. I give up, and now I must unlearn all of my bad habits.. One step at a time.
So now I trim pin and iron...