Monday, 3 January 2011

If at first you don't succeed ...

Tri-Recs! Well, I've been trying quite a lot over the last couple of days, but without a great deal of success. I decided to try out my new rulers with my blue scraps for the Rainbow Scrap challenge. I've made five each of the three different star patterns and quite a lot of nine patch blocks. Drat! Having uploaded the picture I've just spotted a mistake in the top left star - it would have to have been the one I picked to photograph wouldn't it!  I wonder if it's going to get fixed, or if I'll just hope that the mistake gets lost once the whole thing's put together! No, looking again, I think it's meant to be like that. Weird. There is a definite mistake in the bottom right star, but having made the lot before I realised there's no way I'm changing them.

These blocks finish at about eight inches each - I say about, because they're so wonky around the edges that there's no telling what size they'll actually finish.

I've decided that (a) I'm not an accurate quilter and (b) I'm not cut out to make these rather complicated blocks where accuracy is a prerequisite. I think I'll stick to 'liberated'.

I'm hoping to get enough of these blocks together to make a reasonably sized lap quilt. Perhaps I'll call it a day on the 'fancy' blocks, and extend the size with some log cabins made from all of my one-and-a-half inch strips.

One thing I do like though, is not having any set plan to start with, just playing around and seeing what happens.

8 comments:

scraphappy said...

Your blue tri rec blocks are fabulous. You only see the mistakes because you are looking for them. It is amazing what great projects are coming up out of all of those scraps. Congratulations on getting so much done so quickly.

Anita said...

They look pretty good to me and I love the blue color. Pretty sure I don't own those rulers hmmm must be a reason for that.

Anita

Lynn said...

I love the blue blocks. The top left one is like a block inside a pinwheel. I've given up accuracy a long time ago. Thank goodness for liberated sewing!

Joy said...

I've recently bought a set of those rulers ... along with the half and quarter square triangle rulers, and will definitely be going to classes for mine ;o). Your blocks look great ... I'll look forward to seeing them in a quilt :o).
Hugs,
Joy ;o)

Cherry Red Quilter said...

Life is too short to worry about things that stress you out - I think your blocks are great but I know what you mean about tricky complicated blocks. Just have fun.

Quilter Kathy said...

I don't see the "mistakes"!
How about some liberated/wonky sashing/borders?

Kay said...

I'm so bad then... I don't see the errors you've mentioned. They look great to me.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Your blocks look fab! I must admit I've only tried using the tri-rec rulers once and I recall the pieces turning out a little wonky. It might be worth starching your fabrics really well before cutting the pieces...might help to keep things straight..especially on those cut bias edges.