Here is what I`ve been woorking on so far this weekend. This lovley Christmas table cloth, a BOM from Northern Quilts. I love the fabrics, and they are very "Scandinavian" looking. Under you see the working space of a messy quilter, lol. I sew this table cloth the american way, on the line, and I have occupied a table in my living room for this purpose.
I do like sewing on the line. It is accurate, and I have no problem with size or fitting the parts. Well, that is, until I discovered that there is a error in the pattern. The square template that came with BOM number two is 4 1/2 ", that means it is 1/2 " too big. In other words you need to make your template 4" if you are sewing on the line or with English paper piecing. I mailed this problem to the author as soon as I noticed it, and she will print a correction and send it with BOM number 3.
On this picture I still have one row of squares to sew onto the center piece. Believe me, sewing on the line is no slow process. It is actually quite fast. And when I hand quilt the table cloth it will achieve a very nice soft look. I enjoy machine sewing, but I find it much easier to get the more "complicated" blocks accurate when I sew the "oldfashion ways".
Have fun sewing!