Thursday, June 9, 2016

Favorite stars, galloping horses, and nasty little bowties. Oh, and a monkey. Because there's generally a monkey.

I'm still whacking away at the 365 Challenge blocks.  The end of April is near!  Here's April 16 (fresh from his triumph over the monkeys) through April 22, which is the last of the 3" blocks for the first dark border.  (I should have 96 of these little devils, if I haven't skipped any.  Though I've accidentally made a couple of them twice, so it may all average out...)

Speaking of little devils, this little block gave me fits.  The designer calls it 'Electric Fan', and I was ready to throw myself into one by the time I finished it.
I ripped it out 3 times to sew that center,

and it never got any better.  So I called 'galloping horse' (If you can't see it from the back of a galloping horse, it doesn't exist) and moved on.
Five minutes later I was twitching so hard at the thought of that ill-formed block that I couldn't focus on the one I was trying to work on.
So since the seam ripper wasn't enough (and I stabbed a couple more times just to make sure), I remade the whole block.

There.  That's better.

Here are the bowties referred to in the post title.

That's four bowties in one 3" block.  Which is ridiculous.  Seriously.

This little sweetie made me all kinds of smiley, though.

I love Ohio stars, and making a 3" one wasn't much harder than making all those 4.5" ones I made for last year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

And whoopee!  On to the 6" blocks!
These sawtooth stars are another favorite of mine, and making four 3" stars for this block was a hoot.  (The cow butt is an added giggle.)

Though I did figure out that the over-sized Four-Geese-at-Once given in the directions weren't necessary (and were weird measurements to boot) - I made each of these sets with a 2.5" square and four 1.5" squares.  I'm getting fonder of this method of making flying geese, especially when working this small.

A Card Trick took a bit of concentration.  (Note to self: Do not be tempted into ever making this block again.)

And while I was focused on all those triangles, this little guy sneaked in somehow.

Looking at that range of fabrics tells me he's more than a little confused...


Julierose said...

Talk about tricky blocks--they all look lovely hugs, Julierose

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I can't imagine how tiny those pieces are. I applaud you for sticking with it. Go go go!

The Joyful Quilter said...

WHAT?!?! FOUR Bow Ties in ONE 3-inch block!!! You are worse than me with the tiny piecing

Magpie Sue said...

Yes, four bow ties in a 3" block IS ridiculous. There must be someone out there who is crazier than you to have designed such a block! Congrats on whipping that fan into shape, and thank goodness for silly monkeys to put the fun back into the process. ;- )

Libby in TN said...

I've done some small-scale stuff the last few days and it's given me a lot of appreciation for what you are doing. Love the bovine butt!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

It looks like maybe that Monkey was drinking...

Scrap and quilts said...

Good for you to show that block who's boss! lol. The Bowtie block is scaring me though. Those pieces are so small! :P Love the cow's attitude. I much prefer the little square and rectangle method to make geese than the Four-geese-at-once method for this project. I do the four-in-one with my flannel quilts. But not here, no way! I think your Monkey has been in different time period judging by its colours lol. ;^)

Mystic Quilter said...

I love your tiny blocks -I couldn't tackle these but enjoy seeing all yours!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Love those teeny tiny bow ties... but not something I would tackle either!