Don’t you just hate it when you get all excited about a quilting project, and then things don’t pan out the way you thought they could / would / should? I’ve just gone through that: the build up, the let down … the vision, the reality … *sigh* 😦
Step 1: It all started with this fabric.
Bright. Cheerful. Full of intriguing possibilities. I hummed and hahed for a whole two days before I succumbed and took home four metres of it.
Step 2: Ran it through the online OBW (One Block Wonder) Design Helper and got even more excited about it. (Excuse the washed out colours, this is a scan of a print out.)
Look at all those wondrous hexagons! Oh, this IS going to be fun! 🙂
Step 3: Put aside current project (July OMG – only have the binding to finish off now, so fairly safe bet that I will still be able to get it finished before the end of the month).
Step 4: Lay out new fabric (stroke, pet, admire). Work out pattern repeat on fabric, work out where to cut strips, cut first six strips, layer one on top of the other, start to pin together in order to cut six-layered triangles for hexagon construction. Hmmm. Pattern repeat seems to be a smidgin off in a couple of strips.
Coax gently persuade force fabric to line up. Nope. Not gonna work. Wonder why … wait a minute – how come these two strips aren’t the same width from selvage to selvage???
What the ….???? *sigh* No wonder I’m having trouble lining up the design repeat!!
Step 5: Put the kettle on for a cuppa, I need some time out.
Step 6: Decide to put aside the idea of using the fabric for an OBW. Think about alternatives.
Step 7: Plan B. What about … a 4-patch??
Step 8: Layer four strips together – seems to line up better than six strips – start cutting squares for 4-patch blocks. Hmmmmmm (again). Design does not appear to have been printed consistently throughout fabric. If I cut on lines of design, blocks differ in width from one selvage to the other. If I cut blocks the same width from selvage to selvage, design lines are not straight. *sigh*
Step 9: Put the kettle on for another cuppa, I need more time out.
Step 10: The jury’s still out on this one. I’ll get back to you when the verdict’s in.