Monday, June 17, 2019

Edison -

Thomas A. Edison is credited with a great quote - HERE -
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
And I sure could relate to that - ;))

It was Sunday - and I decided to chase the Kuuipo Squirrel -

So I pulled out a bin with pre-cut 10" squares -

Found a nice set with 34 pieces -

Since I wanted/needed 30 -

That was perfect -

I arranged them on the ironing board so that only the top LEFT corner of each square showed - covering the edges with sheets of white paper - so I could see a mini-version of what the background blocks would look like if I were to put them all up on the design wall -

I was determined not to over-think it - so thought that looked good enough - and labeled each square like a spreadsheet - columns/letters and rows/numbers -

Pulled out the first four Hearts - and arranged them on the background square -

Cutting it a little close with the 1/4" needed for the outside edge - but it looks like it will work - if I snuggle them really close to each other -

Pulled out the next four and arranged them on the next square -

Then decided that I didn't like how the pink on the first one and the yellow on the second one blended in -

So I switched them -

Pink on yellow - much better -

Yellow on pink - much better -

Switching the first two squares didn't seem to mess up the mini-version at all -

So I continued to lay out four Hearts per block - in order -

When I got to the end -

I "kitted" them all up -

One background square and 4 Hearts per baggie - ready to go -

Leaving the first one - that was on the very bottom of the pile -

Gotta watch that 1/4" - but I think it will work -

Decided on the stitch I wanted to use to machine applique the Hearts to the background square and sewed the first block -

And the second one -

Time to test out my seam allowance -

Not perfect - and REALLY close to the seam -

But the back was the deal-breaker -

My presser foot did NOT like sewing next to the Hearts when they got THAT close to the edge -

I tried it again with my "zipper" foot and it didn't like it either -

The Hearts need a lot more "clearance" at the edges -

So - on to Plan B -

What if I appliqued each Heart to a separate background square? -

I laid out the next four Hearts on some squares that I had cut years ago -

And now they look LONELY all by themselves on their own block - LOL - ;))

So I have Plan C - that I'm going to try next -

And - to paraphrase Edison -
I have not failed. I've just found "some" ways that won't work.
I'm sure there are others -

But there is also one out there that WILL work -

I just gotta find it - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Kuuipo - more playtime -

In EQ7 - with various blocks and layouts - ;))


I could assemble this log-cabin style -
Adding one row at a time starting in the center -


Or I could add sashing -
Which would be nice - to add names/dates of the quilts -


Or - if you imagine the flowers as Hearts -
Blocks of three - with the names/dates on the stems -


Or another version -
If you imagine the flowers as Hearts -
Blocks of three - with the names/dates on the stems -


Or another version with three flower/Heart blocks -
This one has an interesting secondary pattern -

Soooooooo many possibilities -

Can you see why I never could decide? -

I like them all - ;))

Any more thoughts? - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


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