I was up at 5AM with Paul's alarm again. And again, coffee was brewed, dishes were completed, and a bagel was eaten before heading downstairs by 6AM...
All of Bonnie's CS step 5 are now prepped for the final stitch, and sitting next to the sewing machine, acting as leaders-enders for whatever project I wanted to work on next...
My design wall has LITERALLY been unchanged for over a year!
This was the picture from November, 2012! Alright....since then, the Hawaii Sunset blocks (lower section) have been completed, and are now awaiting sashing. The Jack in the Box blocks were removed at one point, but have been resting on a shelf, untouched.
But the strings.... yup. They are still up there!
I can't remember the last time when I actually worked on my 2011 or 2012 Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects. But with 2014 looming, and my 2014 RSC sample hanging out in the lower right, it was time to clear the wall!
And then.... designer's block returned :\ The rainbow string blocks are cool, BUT...I never had a plan in mind for them. I just pieced 'em. Cuz they were cool.
Therefore, lesson #1 for my 2014 RSC -- Have. A. Plan. (which I think I do) :)
In 2012, when I pieced the Jack in the Box blocks in addition to the String blocks, I cut off the bonus triangles and turned them into some scrappy diamond units.
I thought they'd be perfect to use as a filler block (see the sample block on the left). BUT, one slight problem --- I never squared up the bonus triangles to 2" before piecing the diamond units. Their sizes are simply....wonky, and inconsistent with each other. I tried to make due anyway.
But, it just isn't going to work. Plus, I didn't like the look of the sample.
So then... I played some more and came up with the current look. I know it would help matters if I would piece two more string blocks -- to make the quilt be a little more symmetrical.
Therefore, I'm GLAD it's Sunday! More specific, I'm glad that it's Kathy's Slow Stitch Sunday. After the marathon quilting day yesterday, and the silly designer's block affecting me right now... I'm simply in the mood to sit with a crochet hook in my hand!
I haven't worked on any Granny Squares in awhile, so... that's my game plan for the next couple of hours.