Friday, November 25, 2016
I have posted pictures periodically on my Facebook for friends and family. It's easy to tell the quilters from the non-quilters by the comments. Non-quilters post things like "very pretty". Quilters post "Too.Many.Points" and "WTF"..
We're off to watch some football, but hopefully will get this sandwiched before the weekend is over and I can finally do what I like best. Quilt.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
There's good news and bad news. The good news is that I had this much finished by late afternoon on Sunday. This is the center 12 blocks of the quilt. I tried to pick the blocks with the best points.
It will cover the top of a Queen bed. There is another round of 18" blocks around this part to be the drape part of the quilt.
And then there's the bad news. As I was headed to bed with visions of finishing this quilt on Sunday, it occurred to me that I seemed to be out of the dark green HST pieces that are the star points. I searched again in the morning than double checked my planning page which confirmed my fears. It appears that I made half as many as I need to finish the quilt.
This alone would be annoying, but while I padded my yardage enough for the dark green and the pale background, I don't have enough of the mid-background to finish the quilt to the edge. The original plan being to continue the pattern all the way to the edges as in the picture below.
Oh, I just found a square inserted wrong in this picture. Damn.
After considering a half dozen options, I went with this one. All of the HST blocks are supposed to be green/mid, but this plan replaces half with green/light. (Not noticeable in these photos and only up close in person) But in the process, I decided to remove the green corner blocks so the outside edges would finish with points. I've spent a lot of the day ripping out stitches.
Monday, November 14, 2016
232 squares is a lot of trimming.
But it will be worth the time and effort for the final joining of the strip sets.
29 more final blocks to make. Each with 29 blocks to sew.
How do I keep talking myself into these things?
Sunday, November 6, 2016
At this point I had second thoughts about the dark brown squares. It created the bold repeat I had planned for. But is it too much?
1) Terra Cotta. Made the overall look very warm. Reads in a mid-tone. Tends to look very orange at a distance.
2) Original. Boldest of the options. Texture of the print preferred over all others among live viewers.
3) Picks up the other colors wanted, but reads as grey and makes the whole quilt look very cool colored.
4) A favorite print, but not enough contrast with the background fabrics, so it fades away.
Spent Saturday finishing cutting things out.
Tried a new HST tool from Quilt in a Day. Unfortunately, I first encountered Elenor early in my quilting life and really dislike her presentation style so have ignored anything associated with the name. My 6" ruler has gone missing and her 6 1/2" Triangle Square Up Ruler was what was available at the quilt shop where I went. It is actually a very handy tool. Since I quite like HST quilts, I see using it a lot in the future.
It's not evident in this photo, but after I had about 1/2 of these sewn and pressed, I realized that I need to press the seams differently for the sake of quilting.
But I want the pale sections to recede and I will be hand quilting, so I went back and pressed to the dark.
My plan for today is to finish all the piecing that I can without the stupid light green triangles.