Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Block # 18 (229 pieces)

At last, it's done. I have a few things to say about this one!

Firstly, if you start it, finish it - don't leave it for five months half done because you won't want to come back to it - ask me how I know.

Secondly, because of the number of little triangles, it doesn't seem possible to get the colours to go symmetrically so you end up with 'odd' bits in the pattern. I did not copy hers exactly because I didn't like two consecutive sides of flying geese and then different patterns on the other two sides so I tried to make all the triangles go the way I wanted - foolish wilfulness! I've still ended up with a pattern that doesn't quite work but that is partly because I made a couple of mistakes. I will correct these before I put the quilt together otherwise they will bother me...

Thirdly, it struck me that if I had put together 229 larger pieces I would have a complete quilt top and not a 6 inch square, which is a strange feeling.

And lastly, I just want to say that I've been seriously wondering about Salinda Rupp and her motivation for doing this. What was she thinking of? We are doing this because we see the construction of her quilt as a challenge and that's where I'm getting my satisfaction (and it looks good). But she did this for herself. When you are on the umpteenth tiny triangle and matching all those points and seams, you can't help asking yourself if this woman was seriously bored and deliberately setting herself challenges or did she have so much time on her hands that she had to make everything complicated? It wasn't just the look of it because there are already other blocks that look similar. Maybe she had a competitive friend who was making a similar one and they egged each other on to greater complexity but the other quilt is lost. Who knows, but I certainly couldn't help myself reaching back through the years to try and understand her.

Off to the hairdressers now, shall probably doze off while having my hair done!


  1. I give you so much credit for doing this one. I opted out of this one and made an easier version. I just didn't have it in me.

    Your block came out FABULOUS and you should be VERY proud.

  2. Thanks, Yvette, I actually think you made a very wise decision. Sometimes my stubbornness overrules my common sense. The silly thing is that even though it has the right number of pieces, it is not exactly the same as the pattern, so I might just as well have made life a bit easier! Hopefully, I can now move a bit quicker through the next blocks...