I decided I was going to make that long planned for Morris Garden fabric "Lady of the lake" quilt. I bought a fat quarter bundle of the Morris Garden fabric quite some time ago. I have planned out exactly what quilt I wanted to make with the fabric. At first I was thinking a basket block but finally I decided on a modified version of the Lady of the Lake. I decided the best thing was to cut all the fabric before going to Bowen Island to be ready to just sew - sew - sew. I will take the little featherweight - perfect for piecing.
So I start cutting up the fat quarter bundle.
After cutting up about 18 fat quarters -- it suddenly dawns on me that 7/8 is NOT the bigger line - second from the end but it is the SMALLER line right at the end --- I knew that!! So all of my squares and triangles are cut at the 3/4 mark - not 7/8.
In a panic I decided to grab what ever two fabrics - whether they go together or not and make a quick test block to see if I can get it together by fudging the seams. There are a lot of half square triangles that have to fit along a long seam.
So I make my test block --- seems to work okay if I sew a narrow seam on the half square triangle. The block finishes up at 10 inches I have planned this whole quilt up on EQ6. Block size - quilt size - number of blocks. Planned out my fabric placement.
I don't like the block - it is too large. I am very visual and now that I have sew it together it just doesn't look right - the big triangles are too large for the small half square triangles. I just don't like it. I spend the entire night fussing and worrying and the next day I re-draft the block - the quilt - and re-figure if I have enough fabric because if I make the blocks smaller I need more - many more blocks. Oh the trauma -- And I thought quilting was supposed to be fun and relaxing!! I think I should just let it go - leave the blocks 10 inches. Jim says "leave the blocks the way they are - it will be fine" But I can't!!
So I cut 2 inches off every 8 3/4 inch half square triangle I had already cut. What a waste of fabric. I have saved the little bits - maybe I can use them in the border somehow. Although I have cut them the correct size now -- 6 7/8!! But I am still using the same size smaller triangles - so there are only 7 half square triangle around the block instead of 9. I am thinking with my muddled brain that I will have enough fabric. I had ordered extra fabric for the borders etc. My small squares are mostly still 2 3/4 instead of 2 7/8 -- so I am still going to have to work with slightly smaller seams there. Good thing fabric has some stretch!!
So this is the block. I like it. I am happy - and now I have to go back to cutting fabric -- I have a lot more fabric left to cut -- hopefully all goes well today -- if I never post again -- you know what happened!!