|Oh my goodness! I put in a block wrong! Can you spot it?|
Since I was diligently working on Clue 5 still, I did not post last week's progress. I was able to complete all of steps 2, 3, and 4, with 1 and 5 cut out, but not completed. Now I have pieces and parts enough for a king-size quilt that will never be completed.
This is the quilt I am determined to make - a small-ish size quilt that I can snuggle under. Likely I will use the other parts for other smaller quilts for charity work. It's bound to make someone smile.
I have seen many color variations of this quilt on others' blogs and am dreaming about making a full or queen size quilt for our guest room or our room, but the orange and yellow? So not my thing.
I want to take a few minutes to thank Bonnie for all the lessons I learned making this quilt:
- Embrace color. It gives a quilt a life of its own.
- Get that 1/4" seam exact. If the blocks are not the right size, do what needs to be done to get them to measure up. Ok, so some of them had to be trimmed a tiny little bit, but that's likely due to improper cutting.
- Speaking of Cutting: Measure Twice - Cut once - I have a nice pile of mis-cut pieces to show for my efforts, but not too big.
- Break down complex jobs into bite-size chunks. Each of the clues was a piece to one of two different blocks. It was easy to make all the half square triangles and pinwheels, four patches or chevrons together. At the end when assembling the blocks, I only had to go to the right pile to pull the pieces together.
- Follow directions and diagrams to the letter, but feel free to experiment with colors and methods. The chevrons kicked my backside - those flippy corners were the pits. Until I saw on the Monday link-up from Karen in CA who showed us how to use strips to do the same thing. See her post here. Thank you Karen! I was able to crank out the last half of those chevrons in only a couple of days.