This weekend ended up being all about detours–quilting and otherwise. Let me explain. The first detour was a planned detour. I’ve been saving all of the cut corners from the flying geese blocks of my Swoon quilt. I’ve been stitching them together, and they trim perfectly to make 2 ½″ half-square triangles. I have a plan for them already, and while it has been a detour to finishing my quilt more quickly, it will be great to have them all ready to go for another project. Saturday, I had the goal to finish two blocks and then to cut out the remaining two blocks.
My planned detour was going along perfectly until it suddenly seemed that I was trimming a lot more from my hst’s to make them a perfect 2 ½″. After trimming about 8 larger-than-normal half-square triangles I realized I was actually trimming half-square triangles needed for Swoon into pieces for project #2. I was devastated. Swoon doesn’t leave a lot of scraps, and I had no idea how I was going to finish the block I’d just cut into smaller pieces.
Here’s one of my Saturday blocks ready to be sewn together…
And here’s the other block ready to sew. This is the block with the above-mentioned problem. Do you notice anything different?
I decided to improvise for 3 of the 4 corner sections. I had some left over blue fabric from one of my other Swoon blocks that I used to make the additional blue triangle sections–they’re not the same print–but are from the same color family. But then there was the problem of coming up with some more of the dot fabric.
That’s when I remembered about my Flea Market Fancy stash…look at the similarities. The Denyse Schmidt Joan’s fabric is on the left, and her Flea Market Fancy piece is on the right. I figured I could substitute the FMF, and it wouldn’t really show up once the quilt was finished.
So here is the block again…from a distance I don’t even think many people will pick up on my “substitutions.” And I was able to keep on schedule. Well…until the household detour we had here at home Saturday. I don’t want to bore you
gross you out with the details, but I’ll just give you two words….”septic tank.” Needless to say, I didn’t get the other two blocks cut out. Everything is running smoothly (pun intended) here now, though, and I hope to finish Swoon on Monday! Thanks so much for stopping by!