I’ve had a change in plans…
I had intended to show you all something new I am working on this morning but I’m afraid that’s going to have to wait. Sometimes things don’t go quite as planned, you know?
I am finally going to get down to cutting a thousand half-square triangles for the canning season quilt. Actually, I will probably cut even more because I am thinking I might make it a bit bigger. Shelly has written the pattern to be 74″ wide by 91″ long. I suspect (hope) I am going to like how mine looks enough to make it for our bed. We have a queen-sized, very deep mattress, so I will have to figure out how much bigger it needs to be…at least 20″ wider. Math. Pffft.
There is one little problem, though. I went to Joplin to get the background fabric yesterday, at The Fabric Merchant. I hadn’t been in in a while, so I was kind of all over the place, looking at everything. Since I was the only customer in the store at that moment, I think the poor lady working must have thought I was the ball in a pinball game, pinging from one side of the store to the other. And back.
I picked out some inspiration fabrics, just because they lit my little brain on fire:
And a little more inspiration:
And I didn’t take time to look up exactly how much fabric Shelly’s pattern called for. I was thinking it needed 4-1/2 yards, so I bought six (remember, I am planning to make it bigger). I got this:
To go with these, that I’ve had forever…it’s a mix of things, but all bright and cheerful:
My plans are to make it completely scrappy, as in, my blocks will probably not have all of any one color or fabric in each triangle. (It’s probably a good idea if I check that before I make all the blocks that way, but that’s what I’m thinking right now.) Doesn’t it sound fun? All those brights? And a little white. There won’t be a ton of contrast but I am okay with that. All that color makes me happy.
So you might be wondering what my problem is. Remember that I said I didn’t look up how much I needed? Only after I got all the way home and had put the fabric in the washer did I bother…and…my six yards is not enough. Shelly told us to plan 6-1/2 yards. I’m thinking I should have at least a yard and a half, or even two more, to be safe. Ahem. Measure twice, cut once, and read the directions!
The good news is that there was still plenty of that fabric on the bolt. And I am off and running right this minute so I can be there when they open at 9:00. I’m coming straight home (except for a short stop to get coffee), throwing the fabric in the wash, and will then be in my workroom for the rest of the day. I mean it. A thousand half-square triangles is a bunch, and I have no idea how many more I’ll need but I’ll figure that out as I go.
Wish me luck, huh? I’ll let you know how I do. Can you see why I rarely follow patterns?
Do you follow instructions? Or are you, too, a rebel who ends up in trouble at times?