But the thing I thought most awesome in the introduction is her little sidebar about Rogue Blocks, blocks where the fabric is different, or the style has shifted, or what have you, for whatever reason (we ran out of a particular fabric! we ran out of patience with a fussy pieced block!) because it sets my heart at ease about some issues I've been having with what I call "The Next Quilt".
It started out as just the next quilt, the one after the one I was working on, then when I started it I couldn't think of a name for it, so I just continued to call it "The Next Quilt", and perhaps it will remain that. I also call it the split snowball, which isn't so catchy, and in reality, it's a bow tie quilt.
|See? It's totally a bow tie quilt.|
|Currently on the design wall|
So, I made this plan for a twin sized quilt, decided that yellow wouldn't work (not enough contrast!) and went to orange, and divided it up into groups based on how light or dark they read (they're all orange prints), and cut up a lot of 2.5" squares and divided them into boxes (each one numbered). Then I consult the chart, and use fabric from the appropriate box to make the block, consulting my design wall to be sure I'm not repeating fabrics too close to each other.
And the first couple of blocks went great! And then I got the new Mendocino, and had to add all the orange prints in, including the brown seahorses on the orange background, which was a bridge too far, and stuck out oddly (it's too dull for all these bright oranges), so I pulled all the squares I cut from the box, but I didn't want to rip it out the only one I sewed in right away. So I left it, to do later. And as the quilt grew around it, it became less of an annoyance and more of an interesting feature, and then I didn't question whether it should stay. (It's not in the picture, because it's in a part that had to be packed up to make room. Sadly, the design wall is quite small!)
That was only the first sign of trouble! As I headed to the middle, I found one print I'd categorized as a medium orange was really reading as a light orange, and I moved them from box 3 into box 2 (at least one of these is in the picture above, once as a 3 and once as a 2), and a few days later, I moved another fabric as well, then I was thinking, well, should I go back and fix the first part of the quilt to reflect the new reality?
|The first part, which currently resides in a drawer.|
Which is not to say I never ripped out any mistakes! There were some egregious piecing issues that I did take apart and set straight. But sometimes, you just gotta let the little things slide a bit to get through the day, right?