I am new and have been a lurker on your blog for weeks and finally took the plunge and ordered the patterns. It was like Christmas when my package from Australia arrived. I jumped right in with one of my favorite blocks, the ostriches. Well....this poor little block has some needleturn, some machine applique, some glue basted pieces, some starch basted pieces. Nothing was quite turning out like I liked so on the leaves I tried back basting. Viola! I am happy sewing again. I think back basting is the way I will go, but in the meantime these little ostriches are headed for the orphan block drawer.
I am on to a different block, I am not giving up...