I’m so very distractable, that I sometimes have to make an effort to keep the focus of this blog on quilting – for the most part. Maybe that’s because my pictures of other stuff often come out a lot better than my pictures of my quilting? I’m still working on that, but Spring helps. Mostly because there is suddenly Light! here in the Great White North.
I’ve been a slacker and NOT participated in my quilt group’s Lotta Blocks exchange lately. In fairness, this is because my attendance has been spotty – largely predicated on my youngest daughter’s therapy schedule. I do adore her therapist, so I make sure that those appointments take priority. Unfortunately, she’s so unexpectedly busy this month with new patients, that we couldn’t get a workable appointment for about three weeks. The small silver lining is that I DID get to go to my quilt meeting this month, and the Lotta Block was easy enough for me to whip out that very morning. We were instructed to make a disappearing nine patch in “bright modern prints with a solid for the center.” Here’s a tutorial, if you’d like one.
So, phase one is to sew up a basic nine patch block. I found a fun floral and a coordinating woodgrain at my local fabric store, then added the lime green for some “pop”. Once the block is assembled, it’s split down the center in both directions. Then two quadrants are swapped, diagonally, and the four pieces are reassembled into a new block.
Then it was on to a little more experimentation. I’d bought a fat quarter bundle of Off Shore, and wanted to put some of it to use. So I cut some selections that were on white and blue backgrounds down into squares. And did the same with Moda Bella solid in a matching sea green color.
Then I made a bunch of HST’s with my favorite method – making 8 triangles from two squares. If you need a tutorial for this method, go look at this one from Blossom Heart Quilts. This provided me with a pile of HST’s:
And also a pile of debris, from trimming them:
My two favorite tools for speeding this process along are still my rotating cutting board and 6-1/2″ Bloc Loc HST ruler. Now I’ve come to my conundrum. I originally planned to lay these out with some solid squares so that they would look like the props on a boat:
(Why, yes I did mess up the upper right block when I laid these out.)
But on reflection/contemplation, I find that there is a lot to be said for the scrappy approach. Namely, the white “props” disappear somewhat less. Although any notion of the ‘props’ themselves sort of disappears, instead.
(This time I screwed up the upper left. Because that’s just how I roll).
A “friends and family” facebook poll was divided on the issue.
What do YOU think?