Sunday, June 21, 2015

The only sewing that has taken place in the last few weeks are these Split 9Patch blocks, and I haven't been really enthusiastic about them.  
I think I need to start something else, to get my quilting mojo back.  It seems like there are a dozen things I'd rather do with my spare time, so I haven't spent much time at the machine at all.  Part of the problem was pressing the blocks; there is going to be a fair bit of mashing the seam allowances together as the blocks are joined, and that really irritates me.  I've been pressing half the blocks with all the seams toward the centre, and half the other way.  Hopefully this will give me a fair chance of having opposing seams, but it will all depend on the layout.  

I played around in EQ7 and came up with a heap of layouts for 144 blocks, which will be 72" square.  
 This is the one I'm going with; I like the star  and the chevrons, and those blue blocks in the corners.  The edge is dark, which will allow me to add a light skinny border all the way around, and then a pieced border of all the leftover bits.  

I have 83 blocks finished,
 and enough HSTs for another 50.
 I think it's safe to say there will be a lot of leftover squares and HSTs, so the border is the perfect place for them.  I'll think about that while I put the remaining blocks together, and hopefully I'll have a bright idea sometime soon.

I'm so ready to pack away all the blues and start something new; a Batik quilt is high on my Want To Do list, and I'm sure the wonderful fabrics will be an incentive.  I just have to get this lot finished first.

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