I've been moving right along, blissfully working on the individual blocks, secure in the idea that I would soon be able to cut the 2 inch stripping and set the whole thing together and getting on with the quilting
eh, hmmmm --- not quite
note the width of the big fish block
note the width of the water lily block that is supposed to fit right there under the big fish block
uh, not quite
there was mumbling and wailing and multiple examinations of both the drawings and the stitched blocks
how did this happen?
well, easy --- I messed up when I cut the long rectangles -- instead of cutting two of the each of the sizes we were supposed to have, I cut four of the smaller one
what to do?
well, I spent some time fiddling with the blocks in every possible permutation
and came up with this (do-able) asymmetrical layout
and I like it
in fact, I like it better than the original layout although it will be a bit more difficult to stitch together than the original "formally balanced" version would have been
hey, who said we had to do anything the easy way?
so the next step is to cut some strips (and yes I have the measurements all figured out) and start setting it together
meantime, work was done on the sunflower yesterday -- I have only four more of the "background" petals to applique down before I start in on attaching the three dimensional ones -- I still haven't decided if I actually want to top stitch each of those three dimensional ones yet, but I'm going to have to decide that soon
and I worked on the trees -- one entire side of aspen tree number three is now attached -- and I had to add an extra 3 inches of fabric at the top of it -- fortunately not a problem as I still have the fabric to add "branches" on those trees
and no, I didn't just work on quilts
this is the fifth of the strips for the afghan I'm making for a Christmas gift
and mitten number 20 is ready for the thumb stitches to go to a stitch holder so I can knit the rest of the hand
I'm reviewing the ins and outs of the sweater pattern that I will be tackling next
and afghan square number 26 is complete
today there is laundry and some yard work to do, then it's on to the projects!