"On the plains of Oklahoma, with a windshield sunset in your eyes like a watercolor painted sky, you'd think heavens doors have opened."
Fly Over States

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Working smart, not hard

I had a free morning and dashed off a quick Patriotic block. I used the same pattern as last time except that I changed the center. I really like the way that pattern comes together on the outside edges.

Here it is side by side with yesterday's block. I was hoping for a daintier feel with the pinwheel center on today's block but it really doesn't shout out anything but "fast." I suppose there is something to be said for that.

Experience has led me to try to remember which edges to keep long so I have some wiggle room when I assemble them. When I am thinking straight, I write something on the edge.

And of course, here are my models.

To keep to a theme, I think there is something wrong with Evelyn. Look at that eye. I think she is on drugs. Or needs to be.

Certainly not my favorite block - colorwise, it just isn't too interesting and it also looks really flat/dull. All the same, it is a fine block and I don't expect all of them to be show stoppers. This probably means nothing to most of you, but at least the seams are good. You tend to get decent seams when you don't have a bunch of prima donna pieces of fabric all strutting around, showing off.


Anonymous said...

I just have to say...the FUR on those girls! Unreal!! I have greyhounds...with bare bellies and very thin fur everywhere else! And sleeping in the tub??? My babies are so afraid of water! The LAST place they will be is in the tub! EVER!

Your blocks are lovely! It will make a spectacular quilt!


Penny said...

Karol, my girls are definitely not water dogs, either. When you consider they were bred in the far north, you can appreciate that liking to get wet would not be the type of gene likely to be passed on. Jezebel just likes the tub because it is cool, quiet and she can hear what I am up to in the next room. When we took them to Oklahoma, we visited family and during one visit, we were there a long time. She got tired so went off and hopped into the bathtub to catch some z's.

Anonymous said...

Once you add some quilting to your block it will look a lot less flat. That's going to be a beautiful quilt when you're done.