It took me some time to translate Quiltmaker language into mine. They don't give unit sizes and I wanted to use Bonnie Hunter's Essential Triangle Tool to cut the fabric. I experimented with their instructions and looked at Bonnie's Essential Triangle Tool instructions to come up with the strip size. I made a few test block and I was off to the races.
One of my first blocks was a disappointment. I realized that I have to be careful with directional fabrics, as if I am cutting out two blocks at once, one will be reversed. I also realized that one of my neutral fabrics didn't work for the half square triangles.
|Waves going in too many directions, boats got chopped up. Will probably discard.|
I had to rethink some of my fabric choices. One of my neutrals quickly became a favorite. I loved the motion of the design and there are even fish tales. Too cute!
|Cute neutral, love the fish tail|
In some circumstances the reversals where not much a problem.
|Since blocks are also turned on side. This reversal did not bother me.|
|Here I used a plain fabric for the half square triangles|
I went through my stash trying various combinations.
Before I realized it I had 28 blocks completed. I will need 100 for the queen size quilt. I will probably make at least two block from each fabric, perhaps four.
I like to kit up units and cut out another 20 blocks. Then I thought about how to keep them organized, especially as they probably would not be completed before I go to the hospital for my stem cell transplant. I decided to chain the pieces for each block together. That way I will have the pieces together for each block. Nothing can be misplaced. Unless I misplace the entire block.
|string piecing the block pieces|
I am not sure if I will sew more before Wednesday, but if I do the blocks are read to go. I just need to press the seams and sew them together. If not they are all set in a zip lock bag awaiting my return.
The finally diversion for the weekend was having my lovely granddaughter over. She started a tumbler quilt many months ago and decided she wanted to get it pieced before I went into the hospital. She did everything: picking fabrics, cutting pieces, sewing, etc. We plan to take it to the Loveland Quilt Workshop when I am able, so she can experience the quilting process. Here is her quilt.
Here she is working away, always with a smile.
|Just having sew much fun!|
Everyone take care, and have fun piecing. I'll be back around March first, God willing.