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Monday, July 27, 2015

Meanwhile, back at the dance...

Three things to be happy about:
(1) spacious refrigerators
(2) fresh fruit
(3) remote controls

Hmm... remote controls.  They're okay when used to control your TV or radio or garage door... but when someone ELSE uses something remotely to control your car while you're driving?  Not so good!

A few weeks ago I posted pictures of the alternate block I'm making to go with the ID square dance block.  You ever have a "well, duh!" moment??  I had one after I made a couple more alternate blocks with light backgrounds, and placed them with the main blocks; see what I mean?

That light background gives the blocks an entirely new look!  Look at the secondary design... you have the four patches making an "X" design - and look, there's a 16-patch!

After looking at these, I realized there really was no other choice - well duh!  With any other color I'd have stopped the flow and missed this great design opportunity - thanks for the input, June!  

Webbing the blocks, then laying them out on my "design floor" makes it easier to see the overall design.  My design wall just isn't big enough nor easy to use with this many blocks.

I'm making this one a throw size, setting the blocks in a 7x8 arrangement.  The blocks finish at 7 inches.

I started trying to rearrange blocks for even color distribution but you know what?  I don't think it matters that much.  There IS no perfect (nor WRONG) layout when dealing with scrappily colorful, scrappy delicious blocks!

Webbing the top, but not without seeing a few of these goofs:  I didn't orient some of the four-patches correctly, how did I not see that?

They should all be light against dark, light against dark... I hate unsewing.

I had enough of the 2-1/2" four patches left over that it inspired me to go ahead and make those as leader-enders for now, eat up some of those 1-1/2" strips!

For some reason using the lozenge blocks for LE's isn't working for me as well as I thought they would; I think it's because of the angled seam.

Who knows.

So that's partly what I've been up to lately, sew forth and sew on til later!


  1. I think it's looking great, and I know how you feel about sewing something together and only THEN do you see something you think you should not have missed. Argh! I always feel like such a putz. And I hate unsewing too, but I have to fix it or it will make me crazy every time I look at the quilt.

    (Millie is the cat.)
    Very. Long. Story.

  2. I like what you've done here......as for u sewing, recently made a commission signature wedding quilt rail fence. Get it loaded on the long arm and started quilting the border, didn't like what I was doing and while u sewing realized that I had a row twisted so whole thing came off and row was unseen and fixed.......

  3. I am taking notes. That looks like a project that could help bust me stash of one-inch squares.


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