Fighting with a porcupine -- or: sewing a piece that is full of pins. I'm trying another method, that is to pre-sew (what on earth is the correct word?) in large stitches with a thread I'll remove after doing the proper sewing in a small hem stitch.
The scraps are ironed in double: Squares form triangles, longer rectangles are folded to form rectangle beams. Then they are positioned overlapping, so that the folded side remains uncovered, but the cuts are hidden by the top level.
For a good explanation, I recommend the book by Ruth Tschudi which is bilingual, German and English.
As you can see in the picture, I thoroughly avoid to use a ruler. The only aid is a plastic square as a template for the triangles. Usual quilting fabric is almost a bit too stiff for this method; it is great for using scraps of thinner quality, even silks.
The sun is shining through the windows and balcony door. This is the lovely place where I do my sewing. In our living room, the light is best. And I have the TV telling me stories. I don't have to look much.
In the afternoon, the kids will be back from school, and on the playground downstairs, on the roundabout, there will be up to 12 kids spinning and screaming until they are close to fainting. You can imagine that I rather close the windows then.
There is a Lower German proverb: "'n beten scheev hett Gott leev", means, God loves the slightly skew things. I hope so.
Curious wasps come in and go, they know where, I don't even have to tell them. One of them came to look into my eyes from a 3" distance. Be cool.
P.S. Something I'd like to draw your attention to: The oldest quilt in England, 1718