Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Personal Challenge: Day 1


I am making a sampler quilt as a gift for a friend....in slow motion.  Although I love the idea of a sampler quilt, my fabric choice makes me happy and I really enjoy choosing the blocks, I am finding it very slow going. I think this is primarily because each square has to be individually cut instead of having a pile of half square triangles sitting next to me that need to be assembled.  I have not found my groove.

I have to have this quilt finished (quilted and bound) by the end of May, so I started to panic a little yesterday.  I sat down to take stock and much to my surprise I only have 5 blocks remaining to make (in a 25 block quilt). 

This is reasonable!  I can do this!  I have challenged myself to create 5 blocks in 5 days. Today is day 1 and I decided to make a Delectable Mountains square.  I sketched out my little block (the top photo), did the math and set out cutting my fabric.  The only problem is, I should have made mirrored half square triangles instead of matching half square triangles!  I ended up with a little disaster that resembled a road sign warning of a cliff edge or the mountain climbing setting on your treadmill!  Not what I wanted at all!

Now, I also did not want to start over and waste such a huge amount of fabric (these are 15x15" squares at this stage, mind you) so we had a try at re-arranging them into another pattern.  I now announce the release of the new, modern Lightening Bold quilt square :)   To be honest, I kind of like it.







2 comments:

Quilter in the Gap said...

I like it too! I actually like it better than what you have drawn out on graph paper. Much less predictable.

Cindy said...

Thank you! It was not at all predictable - it just appeared after my mistake :) Lucky me!

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