(1) April fool jokes
(2) flower shop windows
(3) an audition that goes well
I love receiving packages in the mail! I was a winner on Char's blog hop giveaway and it came Saturday afternoon, yes! Lots of good stuff was in the envelope - Utility Quilting by Carolyn Forster, a pincushion and a dish cloth (made by Char herself!), a collection of 6” charms, and two skeins of DMC perle cotton. Thanks, Char!!
My half square triangles look very promising! I saw in the front of my Spectactular Scraps book that the authors show all 256 four-patch triangle blocks, and they credit the concept to a French monk, Dominique Douat, 1704. Evidently he was into mathematics in decorative patterns; I wonder if he was a quilter? Whatever.
In the book the authors made quilts using several layouts that they identified by number; I sewed together a few patches to see how they look - this is block #1 in the book:
and here are two layouts using that block:
In one layout the yellow stripe will stand out, the red stripe in the other one.
And here's their block #5:
I laid out a sample block; each layout has four of the blocks put together:
I like this one! I can see that I'll need to cut a bigger variety of fabrics though.
And here's my layout:
this one's okay, but for all of these I can't really be sure what they look like til I add more blocks.
I can start with the basic 4-patch block and mirror image the one next to it, or rotate the units right or left. It's easy to play with these on my design wall, I can see lots of fun ahead!
That's it for now; have a great Monday, sew forth and sew on...