Bad News: trimming 2.5" HST's when the smallest ruler I have is 12.5" square.
Good News: Getting the block done and feeling relieved as I thought I was never going to get it done. It's a bit wonky and I've lost a few points. But it's OK, it's done with barely any fabric to spare. Phew no major cock ups.
Bad News: Uploading the pic I snapped yesterday and then seeing that I've transposed two squares so the diagonals run the wrong way. I actually really struggled with the lay out for this block. The instructions just tell you to how to make the HST's and then it jumps to telling you to sew it together to make the block. The only picture was the made up block and I just seemed to get block layout dyslexia. Now with very little fabric to spare I've got to hope that unpicking it doesn't damage it.
Every time I've made a block involving small HST's I've messed them up. They are my nemesis and I now officially hate small HST's.
Bad News: Found out via yesterday's news that a colleague and someone I've known all my life has died unexpectedly whilst playing rugby. He went to take a conversion kick and dropped down dead. (It's hardly any wonder I wasn't paying attention when I sewed together the block.) He was only 42. It was subdued at work today as colleagues came to terms with losing someone so young. That's three deaths I've heard of in the first week of the year.
Good News: I found out the actual name of the award Chief got recently. Nobody outside the Army has probably ever heard of it.
Commander Land Forces Commendation for Outstanding Service.
He has received two glowing letters from high ranking officers congratulating him on his award. It's been the first really good thing to happen to him this year.
Right I have a date with an unpicker...