Two experiments today.
First, I read Riddle and Whimsey’s post about the Disappearing Hourglass and wanted to try it. I followed her post to the YouTube tutorial by Missouri Star that she used and thought of block lotto. Ah, but blocks have to be 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches. These disappearing variations are easiest when you can go with the flow and take the size you get. On the other hand, I know how to draft a pattern. It’s a little different when you work in reverse though. Normally I’d graph from the finished size (adding seam allowance at the time of cutting), and when cutting I’d add 1 inch (7/8″ for people who sew so perfectly that their blocks come out right size–I need wiggle room and then I trim) when I want a HST and 1 3/8″ when I want a QST.
But if I am going to make a HST by cutting QSTs, which measurement should I use.
I tried a couple combinations–none came out exactly, but I got to a point where I could tweak it. I cut 10 3/4″ square; trimmed the HST to 7 inches. I ended up with 13 1/2″, made my cuts into thirds at 4.5″ and ended up with 12 1/2-inch block.
OK, so I need two blocks for lotto. My fabric won’t make another 10 3/4 inch square so I’ll make my next HSTs the old way by cutting squares an inch larger than the desired finished size and cutting them diagonally. Actually I’ll probably always make this block that way since the quick method leaves every edge bias. But it was fun to play.
The second experiment was less complicated as it involved fabric instead of math. I was pondering the need for more bunk quilts and whether I had time to make another–this time just a top. I’d let the guild women tie it. Had to be something fast. And I thought of the charm pack in my goodies from QuiltCon. I did a quick sketch to see how many I needed. More than one pack. One of my friends had given me a charm pack, maybe . . . The experiment was to see if I could get 7 or 8 decent blocks out of the combined charms. And I did.
Trust me, there are two more; they just didn’t fit in the photo. A bit busy, but I think they will do. I’ll alternate blocks with squares of the light aqua that I’m auditioning in the photo. To get it up to size, I’ll either add a small border or insert narrow sashing. Leaning toward the latter.
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