Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Skill Builder Sampler Block: Part Deux! et Trois! et Quatre!

So let's review my progress thus far with trying to do this first block for Leila's project.
First I had this pile of fabrics I scrounged together from my stash.
Not what I wanted but I thought it would be okay. I made Block Number 1.
I was not happy with the color combination and didn't like the way values were too erratic.

I pulled out some parts of it and redid it, but I still wasn't feeling it.
So I just said, "Forget it!" and bought new fabric.
I got a fat quarter bundle and some extras to fill it out. I was very excited and threw caution to the wind. I decided to do the courthouse steps version of the block rather than the log cabin version. So I cut it out and sewed it up, cause this is the easy part, right? Not if you cut it wrong.
Hence, Block Number 3. I kept wondering why there was so much excess material at the ends of each row. Well, if you don't cut the center square SQUARE, then your measurements are messed up! I have no idea what I cut that center square, but it is not 4.5 x 4.5, I promise you. It was longer on one side than the other. I also noticed after the fact that all the rows of flowers are going the same direction except for one. So I salvaged the flower fabric and cut it for the shorter pieces, changed the blue and ended up with this.
I changed to a darker blue to give it more value contrast. I actually think I would have been fine using the original fabrics if I had gone with this block instead. Oh well, hindsight and all.
You know, so far quilt alongs and I have not gotten along well. This is only my second one, but I miscut fabric on both this one and the Embroidery 101, so I don't know what my problem is lately.  Maybe I need to concentrate more, I don't know.
And to top it all off, I spilled my cereal on the floor while I was working on this a few minutes ago. I am on a roll! Woohoo! Really, I don't know what I did to deserve all this but I apologize, repeatedly! Besides, I thought bad luck things were supposed to come in threes, not be continuous and ongoing!


Brenda Turner said...

Your mind is going faster than necessary! Slow down and enjoy the process.
Love you,

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

HaHa ..so funny! I am glad to hear I am not the only one that can't actually cut correctly! Maybe it just makes us more creative !

Linz said...

hahaha! Yeah, slow down. That is the #1 thing quilt a longs have taught me thus far! But! That final block is beautiful! I almost went with the court house steps one. I really like how it looks! Very nice!

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Leila said...

Oh no! 3 blocks?!? I think quilting is a total learning experience. I don't even want to admit how many extra 2.5 inch strips are sitting in my scrap bag because I can't decide which colors would be best. :)

Keep it up!

Marg said...

I am so very impressed that you kept on attempting it. I would have given up. I'm so pleased to know that I'm not the only one that does stuff like that. It doesn't matter how many times I read the pattern or check and re-check I pretty much always end up making a mistake.
Love the new fabric.

Anonymous said...

You poor thing! You've got a lot of patience to have made that many blocks! I love your new fabrics. =)