Oh, the holidays may be over, but here it is mid-January and every time I turn around, it’s somebody’s birthday. The festivities don’t end on New Year’s Day around my house, but I still manage to squeeze in time to piece. I’d lose my ever-lovin’ mind if I didn’t block out some time for quilt blocks.
First one off the desktop for show-and-tell is Old Maid’s Ramble. So many possibilities when playing with fabric placement and so much fun to piece. I am not, however, fond of trying to press the many layers of fabric in a block this intricate. Thick seams – phooey!
I’d also like to add that I was given a tripod for Christmas, a huge improvement over the stack of books and cigar boxes of varying, but extremely important widths that I used previously as a camera stand. I think Santa was afraid to borrow a book out of the permanent stack for fear that I’d never be able to get my old ‘tripod’ exactly right again.
I used the new tripod for the very first time when I shot this block. The initial thing that I learned (after the fact), is that it really helps to point the camera at the subject. Funny how that works. Shooting at less than spot-on straight will make thick seams appear even thicker than in the real world, and will make seams look offset – double phooey! Can’t complain too much, I’m having a tremendous amount of fun playing with my new toy.
I have to make an admission here – I’ve been taking a break from the Grandmother’s Choice project with a mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter called Easy Street. I’ll also admit that about halfway through the project, my interest was cooling rapidly. I was not in love with what I was seeing on my sewing table.
I’ve begun to assemble the blocks and I’m very excited by what I’m seeing on the design board. This is definitely going to be a flash quilt. The quilt is made up of two blocks, A & B. Block A consists of seventy-seven pieces, Block B, only sixty-nine pieces. Seriously flash.
Hopefully in the next few days – dang, that was my optimistic other personality speaking there – let’s say maybe next week, I’ll have the top complete and will be able to give you a pre-quilting sneak peek. Actually, I can’t wait to see it myself.