Tempted as I am to wait in the driveway for the UPS guy to bring me my greens for Big Twinkle's border, I decided to get some sewing done on other projects.
Like I mentioned yesterday, I'm a little behind on my 365 Challenge blocks, so I tried to play a little catch-up this afternoon.
This block is called Lady of the Lake, but Lady of the Lake is not the block we're making for February 3rd.
See how it's smaller than the block for February 2nd? (Which I made yesterday. What day is it now?) That's because there are still more of those itsy bitsy triangles to attach.
Now it's finished.
This block is called Lost Ships.
You'll notice that it's the same colors I used for the previous day's block. This is because I first attempted this block yesterday but messed up making the triangles in an effort to be frugal. Because this kind of waste offends me.
The upshot was that I ended up with not enough HSTs to finish the Lost Ships block, but I did have enough for the Frame block for the Feb 2 block. So I cut more bits and sewed the bits and ended up with a Frame instead of a Ship, because I was discouraged with ships at that point.
It went much more smoothly today.
And I puttered with a couple of Allietare blocks and laid them out, since my design floor is available again.
Little by little. I might have the top done in time for the next Bonnie Hunter mystery in November...
And then I let myself play with my kaleidoscope ruler. Todays blocks are brought to you by the color brown.
And stripes. There was bigtime fun with stripes. And today's blocks had the flattest and best-matching centers of any I've made up to this point. I'd tried everything - pressing and trimming after each seam, sewing from the outside in, sewing from the inside out, standing on one foot and humming "Roll Out the Barrel", and nothing helped. Lumpy bumpy centers that required a whole lotta pressing to approach a vaguely flat state. Points that weren't always pointy.
So today, I said to myself "Screw it. Just do it." and I relaxed, finger-pressed seams, lined stuff up the best I could and sewed them together as if they were standard 4patches. Apparently that's what I should have been doing all along. Much better, and I felt heartily encouraged to make many more.
I swear, if I didn't have to eat or sleep, I'd be up to my earlobes in these blocks.
But I did manage to tear myself away from them long enough to make myself another wee piggy.
Which should give you an idea of how much I love these little guys. It takes a special kind of magic to make me drop the kaleidoscope ruler!
I'll be linking to ScrapHappy Saturday at So Scrappy, because the best way to spend a Saturday is rolling in scraps! Come join the fun!