It’s looking like proper blocks now. Which is kind of fast.
Not that I normally enjoy churning out blocks, preferring something a bit more freestyle, but it’s gone from random strips to squares, and it is now possible to see how it’s going to work. In case you’re interested, it’s from Avis’ Oh Sew Tempting blog:
(As you can see, WordPress still won’t let me insert a link, and I’ll probably have to try and contact them for help some time. Anyone out there having the same problem, and if so, what did you do about it? This issue and the fact that it will only add photos at the top of the blog irrespective of where I put my cursor, no matter what I try, are extremely annoying when I’m trying to produce a nice-looking blog.)
These are the 8.5″ squares cut from the 4-strip sets. I can’t believe how little waste there is with this design, but you can see for yourself that there’s very little left over, nothing large enough to do anything with. You put one square down, face up, with a pale strip across the top. Over this, you place another square, face down, with a dark strip across the top. Line up all the seams and nest them. I pin the nested seams in place to prevent slippage, but it isn’t totally necessary. Draw a diagonal line from top left to bottom right (or the other way round, if you prefer, but keep it consistent all the way through). Stitch a line 1/4″ on either side of the pencil line. Slice up the pencil line. Open out the square and press gently to avoid distorting the fabric edges. Do this with all the squares, pairing them randomly for the best effect. And here’s the finished pile. I have one square left over as the strip sets produced 45 squares and I had nothing to pair this last one with. But I’ll think of a use for it.
Normally, I’m a great one for carefully controlling colour and adjacencies, but this is strangely liberating, because by the time I sew the squares together, most of those decisions have been taken out of my hands by the randomising process! Potentially there could be some light or dark spots, which I don’t want, so I’m going to lay out all the squares on my design wall before I start assembling.
There will be an outer border, but I’m going to wait until the central section is done before I decide what colour it will be and how it will look. I have a number of pale green strips left, enough for a very narrow border all round. Maybe white/pale green/white binding, something like that? As for the backing, well, my very favourite light green gingham would seem appropriate, if I can find some.
I’m already considering how I might quilt it. Which is a bizarre feeling only two days in, let me tell you. Normally a quilt makes its requirements known to me slowly, over time, as I assemble the top. It might even be time for me to get out my darning foot and do a spot of FMQ practice. I’m thinking random jagged geometric shapes in a fresh leaf green… The speed of construction just goes to prove the old saying: Virtue is its own reward. Because I’ve gone for the conscience quilt, and done the right thing, it’s coming together fast, and I’ll soon be free to work on my self indulgent one!
Tomorrow I’ll show the layout on the design wall.