I had three goals for today - make one of each of the Allietare blocks, piece some piglets for RSC, and then make a couple of Chantal's pinwheels.
Two out of three ain't bad. I would have gotten a lot more done if I hadn't had to keep picking out seams and doing them over.
It started here. The block went together really quickly and easily.
Check out that upper right corner.
Reach for the seam ripper, and try again.
The second block involved two different seam issues, but I ripped, resewed, and ultimately persevered.
Two down, a whole bunch to go. I happily set them aside and proceeded to the next project.
One little blue pig. He went well, other than his lack of tail on the first runthrough. (Perhaps he was a rare Manx Pig?) (And we won't think about what the tail unit looked like where it ended up.)
One of the fun things about this year's RSC is that there's an optional accent color each month - January's accent is purple.
I love this little piggie.
Even after I sewed his legs on upside down.
Did you ever have one of those days where it seemed like a waste of time to even set down the seam ripper? I was reminded of a tutorial or class where the instructor used her seam ripper for a stiletto as she sewed - that was clearly an inspired idea! I was even considering doing an Edward Scissorshands move and having the seam ripper permanently installed in one of my fingers. (The middle one seemed appropriate...)
One more time. This one went (relatively) smoothly. Since I decided to make one facing the other direction, I was especially careful this time.
I like this one a lot.
It's also a bit bigger than its friends. As much as I like working small (my motto is "Go Small or Go Home"), it has occurred to me that I'll get to the point of having a piggie quilt a lot faster if I make the pigs a little bigger. Not to mention the bigger blocks are a bit less fiddly.
So I'm using Sally T's tutorial in the larger size, with 1.5 and 2.5 inch squares and strips, which are sizes that I keep on hand anyway. The bigger blocks it is!
Though somewhere in the back of my brain, there's a little voice whispering "Psst! There's nothing wrong with making both sizes..."
I think that's the same little voice that once suggested to me to add the whole pound of barley to the soup, rather than the quarter cup the recipe called for...
Wanna know how many gallons of barley soup I ended up with?
Linking to Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun than Housework, my favorite place to hang out on a Sunday. And I can finally set down the seam ripper.
And to Bonnie's Allietare party here. Come see all the magic!