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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Crumb along #4

Three things to be happy about:
(1) sweet barbecue aromas
(2) colorful stacks of veggies
(3) indulging a guilty pleasure

Is it a subconscious nudge that my three happy things are about food??  Of course, a guilty pleasure could be anything, but this one is about food  ;o)

I had to go to the AT&T phone store in Chevy Chase the other day (I got a new phone by mail and needed some hands-on help... that 197-page pdf file you have to download off the net just wasn't doing the job).  Anyway, it just so happens the AT&T is just down the block from the Cheesecake Factory... in fact I had  to go past the Cheesecake Factory to get to the subway station.  So, what could I do but indulge in a guilty pleasure - I bought a slice of cheesecake!  They have this low-carb cheesecake that's not bad at all... I asked the bakery guy how many carbs DID it have exactly - he checked with the kitchen and they said it was 6 per slice.  SO, I don't feel so guilty about my little pleasure!

This week's crumb along blocks are 9-patch and 4-patch blocks...
This one is sorta okay... I deliberately made the center smaller so I could border it with more than one round... the result?  The center is overpowered by the borders!  The jury is still out on whether or not I'll keep this one.

Now, this 4-patch is a toss-away for sure...

There's simply not enough contrast going on in there.  This is another one where I should have made the center larger... I used two rounds of border but it still looks a bit... mushy? 

I'll have to tackle both blocks again; after all, what's so difficult about making 4-patch and 9-patch blocks! 

Also, I'll make more star blocks and some fillers to use later.

Sew forth and sew on til later...


  1. I just read back through all of your crumb along posts. Needed to see how your other blocks were coming along. I know what you mean about the centers being too small. We could do some of both. Large and small centers. That would be a lot of variety!


  2. Looking good. Nine patches were easier than stars...look for triangles next week.

  3. NO, don't toss them! Remember they don't have to be perfect, mine are far from perfect. I like the colors.

  4. I agree with Sonja, these are great!! Really nice.

  5. I say don't worry about a "mushy" block. I know I tend to hyper-focus on a small block of a much larger project, then can't even find the offending block when it's sewn into a completed project.

  6. If there is one thing I have learned with this crumb along is that everything goes in and looks great! Don't throw it out!

  7. I'd say don't throw out anything yet. A block you don't much care for may turn out to be perfect next to another block which you haven't even made yet.



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