Monday, 6 November 2017

Virtue rewarded

Well, that may be overstating the case rather, but I felt very virtuous piling up my HSTs at the end of last week and today that labour paid off, as I had plenty of options when I started putting things together again.  In fact, though I probably won't have enough to finish the quilt, I definitely have enough to get a fair way through it, so no more chain piecing for me for a while.  Hooray.  

Even better, this starts to feel like it's going somewhere now.  The first thing I did today was to rip out a little strip of plaid and replace it with tiny triangles (just to the right at the top of the lighthouse).  Fiddly and time-consuming but it serves me right for thinking I could get away with a short-cut in the first place.  I like it much better now.

This is in two pieces still, but joining them will be my first move next time, then on to the next chunk, and the next lighthouse.  

I realise that the width of this piece was not decided upon, but just dictated by the length of the first strip of lettering.  Probably I need to go wider - I could do this before I add further chunks, or make the whole thing this wider and then add something all the way round.  This has only just occurred to me, so I've no idea yet which way I'll go.  

And just in case I get too smug, having made some progress, I should own up that my 'to do' list for this quilt still includes two items 'finish printing' and 'make third lighthouse' which have been there for the better part of a month.  I'll have to cave in and do them in the end!

Finally, a quick note for Liz and Linda, both of whom have left lovely comments recently.   I can't reply directly as you are no-reply commenters, but thank you, and do let me have an email address if you'd like direct responses.

12 comments:

  1. I think you are starting to achieve some really lovely motion with the HSTs, too, Kaja. Looking lovely!

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  2. Those HSTs are tiny! This piece is coming along nicely. You are the queen of HSTs!

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  3. I am quite interested that you have a to do list! So I guess there is still some level of planning, even if it is very loose and general. It's looking wonderful so far!

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  4. You say third lighthouse but I only see one so far. Ahem.
    Your replacement triangles are much better than the original plaid. I do the same thing. It's one thing to put one over on others but why do we both think we can kid ourselves? Never works.

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  5. Love those tiny HSTs. They are just so cute. The quilt is coming along nicely.

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  6. LOVE the direction this is taking. Really really wonderful.

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  7. This quilt is full of energy. And the different sizes of HSTs are a great idea.
    I'm still loving the blues and contrasts.

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  8. Yes, I spy the teeny triangles and they look perfect just there! You are inspiring me to think about a quilt using different size HSTs!!

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  9. Well, I'm going in a different direction about those teeny tiny triangles--you're insane! Oh, sure, they look great and add energy and are lovely to look at, but let's face it, saying is much easier than doing, and doing is insane! There, you have my opinion.
    I'll only add that you probably need a few more teeny tiny triangles because they are cute and add energy and are certainly lovely to look at, but also because every idea needs at least two friends to execute well. Or am I sounding like the quilt police?

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  10. Yay for the replacement triangles! It's looking wonderful!

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  11. Bravo! Your lighthouse speaks loudly. Sounding the warning of storms to come.

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