My mum has been (trying/practising) machine piecing for some time now, even finished a big quilt top with machine sewing! I heard that my mum found it sometimes very difficult to get all the blocks neatly together and I thought I did not have a problem with it. How wrong I was... I have only sewn blocks consisting of squares on my sewing machine and with squares it is a lot easier to make all the ends meet.
But now I had to sew a border with corner blocks with all triangles and get all the pointing ends together.. The first try was a disaster, the second time still very bad and the third time I did not dare to look at the outcome. I ironed the whole thing blindly and decided that it was humanly impossible for me to do any better... When I turned it around it wasn't as bad as I feared. Of the 4 corners one is bad still, one is ok and the last two are something in between. The trick is not to look at it for too long I think ;-)
Now what did I tell you! Scroll down quickly! This is a much nicer picture...
Another small disaster that kept me busy yesterday is some of the red fabric I bought the other day. When I washed it it looked like I slaughtered a chicken in my sink.... I washed it again and again and let it soak in vinegar for a few hours then washed it again but the water still turns red. I'll try the washing machine today and if it still loses color I will have to find some other fabric :-( I sometimes hear people saying they never wash their fabric before use and that I don't understand. They obviously never experienced the horror of pulling your quilt out of the washing machine and everything white has suddenly turned pink.....!
Edit: I'm looking at my border and the one on the original pictures... Turns out I have my corner blocks upside down! And does make it more difficult to get it all right.... Should I tear it apart just one more time?