It’s been a blocky couple of days. First February’s high temperatures:
It’s looking a little boring. If I’d chosen colors for groups of five instead of ten, I’d have had a little more variety, about twice as many in the 55-59 range as in the 50-54. Oh well, I’ll stick the plan. The first three days were in the 40s. That is probably the last we’ll see aqua till autumn. And always fun to introduce a new color, light green with the 60s. I imagine it will dominate March.
January was a little more balanced. Too bad the weather doesn’t accommodate design.
So this is my month to receive F2F blocks. I’ll be making three on behalf of Pat, the woman who died recently, and my own three. I have made one set of three but am saving the second set to see if any colors need to be balanced out. I chose red/orange/brown with cream or beige as background.
Dutchman’s Puzzle 12 1/2 x 12 1/2
If I keep making patterns that use the Flying Geese blocks I’ll have a good supply of “bonus triangles” to use for leaders and enders. I prefer this method because I get a more accurate rectangle this way. Some people sew both seams before cutting, but I prefer using them as leaders and enders.
You can easily make Flying Geese any size you want this way. Cut a rectangle of the “goose” color that is twice as long as wide then add seam allowance; i.e. a 3 x 6 block would be cut at 3 1/2 x 6 1/2. Cut the “sky” color a square of the smaller size, in this case 3 1/2. Mark the diagonal and sew a needle width toward the part to be cut off. Sew one. Press. Trim. Then apply the second one. You must press the first one before adding the second.
Someday I’ll dig out the pile of my unpressed, untrimmed triangles and take their picture. I have no idea what I will end up doing with them, but their day will come.
Jacob’s Ladder 12 1/2 x 12 1/2
And a non-traditional block
Layered Curves 12 1/2 x 12 1/2
I’m still enjoying working with curves from Sherri Lynn Wood’s Improv Handbook. I am eager to begin getting squishies in the mail. I will probably make three lap quilts, but I won’t decide for sure till I see the blocks.
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