Saturday, September 5, 2009
So far, it has been a pretty mellow Labor Day weekend. Check out the girls:
Evelyn completely cracks me up when she is sleeping. She really gets into it.
I spent some time reading the instructions for the Sylvia Bridal Sampler blocks (I am a pretty exciting person) and noticed that quite a few of them called for half square triangles of 2 3/8ths. That is darn close to my 2.5 inch jelly rolls that I have in brights so I made up a bunch and can trim them to fit as I do blocks. I'd make them slightly larger and trim them down, anyway.
Darn tedious, let me tell ya.
I decided to make the block, Contrary Husband.
Contrary Husband is a super simple block (does that say something about husbands?). In the interest of full disclosure for the nonquilters among us, there is also a famous traditional block named Contrary Wife that I will be doing, soon.
Both blocks were named in a more gentle time. These days, I hate to think what someone would name blocks reflecting the nature of a cranky spouse. I knew someone who used to insist that his wife always called him a**hole. I thought that was pretty rude. Around here, "Control Freak" is about as bad as it gets but I guess that isn't very nice, either. I wonder what a block called "Control Freak" would look like? I certainly don't want to see a block named "a**hole." Nor would I want to be married to one.
And to think, I went off on that tangent without even having the benefit of alcohol!
I fell in love with this fabric when I saw it. Not sure why since it is ORANGE and PINK. There is something wrong with me.
Here are some of the pieces I used:
See how nice those half square triangles turned out?
Here is Contrary Husband unassembled:
Here it is, assembled - amazingly, when I went to square it up, there was no need:
Pressing the pieces and the blocks under my heavy slab of wood really helps.
Here are my blocks, to date:
I only made one block, today. Making those triangles took up most of my stitching time.
For a treat, check out Britquilter's blog - it has pictures of her Sylvia's Bridal Sampler and it is spectacular.
And here is one by GardenPat that I just love.
Off to eat cheetoes. Yes, I know it is 9:40 at night.
You shut up.