|155 blue HST|
What was I thinking? The design looks great on paper, but 350, 2" finished HST squares now seems like a bit much!. I made 310 of them 18 at a time using a "sew on the marked lines and cut apart" triangle paper method, so that went pretty quickly. It gave me 18 of each color combination, but spread over 310 I figured it would still look scrappy. I made the other 40 two at a time because I wanted variety in the colors and color combos.
They are all ready but now I need to sew them all together and that's where things are slowing down! First, random is hard. To ensure I spread the 18 duplicates of each HST square more or less randomly around the quilt, I divided the 350 into piles of 10 for my 35 blocks. I thought I would chain sew...but then I lose track of what belongs in which block. I might just give up on keeping track when I get to the blocks that only have blue units and start chain sewing with abandon. Right now I'm sewing one block at a time to make sure the colors are positioned properly, so it's slow going.
|Piles of units waiting their turns|
I have 4 blocks done so far. I'm grinding my teeth a little because I measure at each step, and everything is perfect until I add those large corner triangles. At that point the block seems to miraculously (and frustratingly!) shrink by about 1/8" in one direction. Now I'm trying to starch everything stiff and see if that helps.
At least I can see something pretty start to take shape as I grind my teeth!
It IS pretty, but I would never have the patience.ReplyDelete
You may be struggling with the piecing at this point, but for sure the finished project will be a perfect companion to your last yellow/blue quilt I love how the first block turned out, and will be watching for more. Remember: Quilting is supposed to be fun; so enjoy the process! ---"Love"ReplyDelete
That is a LOT of HSTs! My eyes blur at the thought.ReplyDelete
At my house "random" means very carefully placed blocks to create the illusion of randomness.
Looking really pretty so far!
This will be absolutely lovely. You're off to a great start with a super plan, but, my goodness, that's a lot of HSTs!ReplyDelete
Ohhh, I love it! And it does look random so far. Sometimes when I have a project like this, I end up doing another project or two at the same time - I do not like to do tedious work very long without a break and my break is working on something else. When this is finished, I bet your diligence will pay off. ~JeanneReplyDelete
It is looking very pretty. I made a quilt using all HST and it took a lot of patience for me to finish it.ReplyDelete
Ooh. That's very pretty. I can see why it's frustrating! I look forward to seeing the end result.ReplyDelete
Oh please don't give up! It will be such an awesome quilt. I hope that first block will motive you to finish it real soon because I can't wait to see more of this. ;^)ReplyDelete
Wow that's a lot of HST's. I certainly like the block they make and I think it will look wonderful when done.ReplyDelete
I'm sure liking this block Joanne! But yikes that IS a ton of HSTs... I do not mind them at all. Until squaring up time comes...ReplyDelete
You can do it!!ReplyDelete
This is so pretty! Looks like a lot of work, but really beautiful.ReplyDelete
Very pretty - love blue and yellow together. Realized my comment originally did not post - bad computer =). Hope you are making progress.ReplyDelete
It all seemed like a good idea in the design phase I guess. I don't do random very well either so I empathise with your frustration. Despite all the consternation that block suggests a very dramatic quilt is in the off'ing.ReplyDelete