Saturday, February 16, 2013

Fifty ways to mess up your quilt block

Well, forty nine, at least.
This is another of my UFOs that have been languishing in my closet.  I made up the main block inspired by a similar one that I saw on the Connecting Threads website about three years ago.  At the time I sewed four of the main blocks and about lost my mind, so I put it away for a while.  The quilt was going to also use the string blocks that were left over from Roll Roll Cotton Boll after I designed a different alternate block for that one, but I didn't like the string blocks in this either.  The strings went back in their baggie and will appear somewhere else.  Well, they will if I can ever learn to love string blocks.  I have to use them somewhere, they took forever to make.

After a number of false starts on the alternate block I came up with this one, so I made a few of them and laid out what I had on the floor.  Pleased with the result, I sewed up a few of them and then resumed work on the main blocks.

That's when I discovered that with 49 separate little squares in a block there were oh so many ways you could get them turned and tumbled and end up with a mess.  Oh so, many ways.  All the little blue arrows are supposed to point toward the center but it is very easy to rotate one when you pick it up and then it's rip, rip, rip.

Has anyone seen this block before or did I actually invent it?  It looks like a super augmented Shoo Fly block.  I think I'm going to call it "Fly Away Home",  The little blue triangles are like homing pigeons all converging on the brown square in the center of the block, their roost.

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