A Christmas round robin was a tie for my very favorite round robin (and I have done many many over the years). As you can see from the arrows on these finished "squared" blocks that there is not even a 1/16" available for a seam allowance without cutting away beads or trim. Five of the blocks are like this. I have never finished the set of 6 because I wasn't sure how I wanted to address this problem...
It was really my fault...
1. I didn't allow enough extra material around the outside edge of the block to allow any adjustment. 2. I only allowed for a 1/2" seam allowance.
3. I didn't clearly define the "stop" line for all beading to end
.Now I make sure -
1. there is plenty of extra material on the block,
2. There is an ample seam allowance - at least 1/2".
3. That the "stop" line is clearly marked front and back. Now I even baste along that line with a highly contrasting thread.
I have always wanted to finish these blocks into an accordion-fold book which I could put on the mantle during the holidays. Now I have some ideas how I am going to solve this problem and I will share as I go along.
And I have a new gadget. I just love tools and gadgets. My hands are always painful with arithis all the time and shaking the little paint bottles makes them even worse, And when I have gone months without painting (like recently) the paints either settle or thicken and all need a LOT of shaking. I found this delightful little machine and it is absolutely perfect for this task... It is made for manicurists to use with nail polishes but it suits my needs wonderfully.