So there I was, minding my own business, with no plans of starting any new projects, when one of my weekly newsletters featured a cute little framed star. One look and I was a goner.
One block, I said to myself. Just one to test the pattern and the construction method they suggest.
Well, I followed the instructions (except that I used two different backgrounds instead of only one like they did) (because why would I use 3 fabrics when I could use 4?) (and I'm thinking about trying a 5th color for the star center because you know how I like to complicate things) and was quite pleased with it.
So then I made another one, using the construction I'd visualized when I first laid eyes on the block - I saw it as a basic nine-patch grid and proceeded accordingly.
(And notice how I oh so cleverly used turquoise in each block so I could justify them as RSC blocks. Bonus points for me!)
But those little flying geese were making me grumpy. The pattern used the squares/rectangle stitch-and-flip method for the little devils and my machine kept wanting to just chew them up. The air was getting a bit blue what with the swearing and all.
I decided if ever a block cried out for the 4-geese-at-a-time method, this one was it. I checked the chart for the sizes of the squares I would need.
Hmm... the chart said one big square 3 1/4" and four smaller squares 1 7/8". I thought about those measurements for about 3/16 of a second and said "Oh, hell no."
There had to be an easier way.
I wondered if I could use 3.5" squares and 2" squares instead, and then just trim them down a bit. My only concern was that the seam allowance at the apex of the "goose" might come up short, but it turned out not to be a problem at all. It was perfect, in fact.
Here are the untrimmed geese on the left and the trimmed on the right.
I'm normally not a fan of go big and trim back, but in the case of these littlie-bits I'm willing to make an exception. Since I always have 3.5" and 2" strips and squares on hand, those measurements are going to be a whole lot easier to work with.
So, yeah, looks like I've started another project. (It's for the RSC! Honest!)
seen heard felt how fiercely it stared at me while I was making those little framed stars...)
That left me with my languishing Jack's Chain still on the design wall. I adore this pattern and really want to get it made, but the amount of time it would spend on the wall while I sewed it together was daunting.
It wants to be worked on and isn't afraid of making me feel guilty for sewing something else. (You should have
So I've developed a plan. The rows are basically a chain of this 5-nine-patch C-shaped unit
joined across. I've been sewing triangles to individual nine patches, sort of as a leader/ender, which I'll start assembling into a bunch of those C-shapes and then later on add the hexagon centers.
Not all of the nine-patches will be handled that way, though. Some will be set aside for the in-between rows which just consist of hexagons and nine-patches alternating across.
This approach lets me take it down off the design wall (and put it where it can't stare at me) while I accumulate all these bigger components.
There. That's taken care of.
I have a plan.
I'm almost sure it will work.
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