As determined as I was to see this 100+ block sampler project through to the end, I have to admit that I am losing steam -- although I have 100+ ideas for new projects!
After a very lengthy hiatus, I made three new FWQAL blocks today. The first was a little beauty, and I still felt good about things at that point: here is block 32, Farmer's Daughter:
This evening I made two -- count 'em -- versions of block 19, Checkerboard. Small variances in my 1/4" seams (I am working with the Featherweight right now...more on that later!) across five blocks in each (diagonal) row added up to a block that was about 1/4" under size. Here is take two, which is to size -- but not the most interesting block I have ever made:
And then, finally, I made block 22, Corn & Beans, which has (I know) caused some people in the QAL some grief -- but which I actually enjoyed making. What I don't enjoy is looking at the finished block, which is a smidge too big and much too "dotty" (all those small dark polka dots emphasize imperfections -- bad choice on my part).
After this, it was time to take stock -- so I spread out all 43 completed blocks on my kitchen floor for a group shot.
The conditions are not ideal; it is hard for anything to look its best on our kitchen floor, at night, with our nasty overhead light. I think I could make a nice looking lap quilt from what I have (perhaps eliminating or adding just a couple of blocks), maybe with white sashing and dark orange-red cornerstones. But I don't know that I want a queen-sized quilt from these blocks...I just don't know.
If I do decide to continue with this project, I might make the next twenty blocks in a much more limited palette and then reassess. Then again, there are soooo many other things I would like to make, that it is hard to contemplate making another 20 - 68 blocks if I'm lacking conviction and passion. Time for a break, methinks.
Next post will be a much more upbeat report on my winter knitting, which is all about Norwegian mittens this year!