Sunday, October 21, 2012

Epic Fail

An interesting thing about traditional blocks is that you can interpret the way to put the blocks together in multiple ways.  Unfortunately, I got nearly done with this block and decided it was an absolute disaster.

I'm not one to un-sew blocks.

In fact, this may be the only time I have.

So much better.

"Mayflower" block for Massachusetts.

I decided to use some strip piecing techniques to make tiny HST for my Oklahoma block.

I figured that my 14 stitches per inch running stitch should work fine to keep things held together.

The theory was good.

My 1/4" seam was a bit wide though, so I didn't get the perfect squares I'd planned.

1" finished squares are kind of a pain in the butt.

Eventually I finished the Oklahoma Twister block with fabric sent to me by my niece Hillary who is going to college in Oklahoma City.

No, the points don't match.

Hey, it's a tornato...things aren't symetrical in a storm.
And the 3rd block that turned out to be less glorious than imagined was the Hawaii block with fabric brought by Deb from Maui.  Where the white motif hits the applique edge, the design disappears.  Which is OK since it didn't turn out anywhere near what I'd imagined.

I tried putting a shadow in red ink.  Not sure If I like it any better, but it's what it looks like now.

31 state blocks finished.
Must forge on.


Lynne said...

It's a very interesting block even if it didn't turn out the way you imagined! said...

The twister block is great.

Any chance the blue fabric problem is an alien invasion conspiracy?

Georgina said...

Oh Boy! Well done - I have just spent the better part of the day struggling with tiny half square triangles and mine are crummy! I did learn though not to vacuum out the bobbin race of my machine while there is a pile of tiny blocks nearby!
I have decided that people who make miniature quilts regularly are a breed apart!

Lynn Koeppen said...

YOu go girl! Can't wait for it to be all done! LOL Kind of like my Joseph's Coat quilt. All the blocks are done and waiting...