Friday, August 25, 2023

Road Trip Quilt Along Day 20 - Horseback Riding, Schoolgirls Puzzle

 For today's block we have Schoolgirl's Puzzle.  This is a nice traditional block that features a unit I call Birds in the Air.  It features a small triangle with background triangles sewn to the sides to make it a larger triangle.  Sounds hard, but it really isn't that bad.  You do have to cut those added triangles at the exact size, though.  

On our second full day in Thompson's Station I got to do something I had never done before - horseback riding!  We went to Natchez Trace Stables and it was a terrific experience!  

I was in the middle of the pack, Jovi (my grand daughter), Joellen, Perry, then me and another group of three behind me.  My horse liked to be a little lazy and try to snack on the vegetation.  But she was so sure footed and knew her way on the trail!

The scenery was so beautiful!  We went through meadows, narrow trails, rocky rises, through a stream, and over roots and fallen trees.  It felt like we could have been the first people through these woods!  

We were getting lined up for a photo op here!

My husband tried to keep tabs on me, I think he was concerned because it was my first time, but I totally loved it and had the best time!  

Don't we look happy?  Jovi was so excited she could hardly sleep the night before, (I think she was a little nervous, too!)  

On our way home we got to trot through the meadow!  So bouncy, but it made me laugh!  After our trail ride, we went out to lunch then my daughter had a fun stop planned for us!

This fun bakery (We have five daughters, so Joellen knew we had to stop here for fun picture!)  It would sure be fun to come here with all five someday!  What a great day it was, I'm up for a fun horse riding adventure anytime again!  Are you ready for a quilting adventure?

I've laid out the pieces for the triangles so you can see how they sew together

I sew this one first because you will sew from the flat edge into the point.  Press out toward the background.

Add the second triangle and press out again.

Trim off those dog ears (the points sticking out!).  The point of the triangle should be 1/4 of an inch from the edge of the fabric.  Sew to the large triangle, and lay out your block to sew together.

Looks good so far!

My 3 inch block.

Finished six inch block

And the 9 inch block.  Uh-oh - I think there is a problem here!  It looks like one of my blocks got turned the wrong way!  I had to do a little unstitching to correct it!

Ok, that's better!  See, everyone makes mistakes sometimes - that's why they make seam rippers!  Don't be discouraged if you make a mistake, you can leave it and call it a design change, or fix it and move on.  It's just a bump in the road!

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