My favourite second cousin is having her first child next month. It’s a perfect excuse to make another baby quilt, this time for a boy. While trolling blogs a few months back, I stumbled upon the Summer Sampler 2016. At a block release rate of one every week for 20 weeks, the quilt will not be ready in time for the baby shower. Of course, if this particular madness gets stopped sometime in early August, a 12 block arrangement would work.
|Turkey Vulture, Really not crazy about this.|
I’ve been procrastinating with this project, mostly because I was not all that crazy about the first 2 blocks that were made – the Snow Cone and Turkey Vulture. The colour scheme (orange, grey, minty green and white) is not really to my taste. 4 blocks had been ready for final assembly for weeks now, and were actually finished off this week. Another block is halfway there, and would have been done if I had not insisted on taking it apart to fix it. Yep. It was ruined, and exactly half of the block must be reconstructed. Feeling some love now that a small clutch of the blocks are done has provided a bit of encouragement to actually catch up with the block release schedule. That’s a definite goal for the next 2 weeks – catching up.
|Snow Cone. Yeah. I forgot to take these photos last night.|
The Summer Sampler 2016 has been a challenge so far and it’s good to know your own limitations. Several of the blocks had to be adjusted to suit how things tend to go together for me. The Snow Cone block was a prime example. Making it without considerable distortion was tough and it had to be trimmed by an extra half inch. Good thing there was lots of room in the design to accommodate flawed execution. Knowing the centre of the block would be difficult for me, cutting its borders was left until it was completed. Those other curved blocks? Well, they are scary.
|Sugarhouse. Man, these blocks need to be pressed again.|
From experience, trouble was also anticipated in constructing the flying geese for the Sugarhouse block. It was really discouraging to see how awful the lime green looked against that orange without the white bits. Adding the white changed the block into something I like.
|Summer Slice. Loving this one.|
For some strange reason, putting the last two rows onto the Turkey Vulture block took 4 attempts. Everything measured the right size, but somehow kept shifting under the needle resulting in large pleats and puckers. Even with pinning things shifted. I don’t get it. Why? Summer Slice has been the only block to go together easily. Perhaps I should consider a class in piecing with accuracy.
|Altogether now, with the good half of X-Spot!|
The weekend is looking fully booked, and I’ve got Friday off. Hopefully it will see the finish of another little girl dress. With only the back zipper and a hem left to do, it could happen. The dress been in that state for at least 4 weeks now, so it’s iffy as to whether it will get attention or not. It’s the zipper installation, which has failed 3 times already. There’s also more cutting for the Summer Sampler to do, and getting back to quilting on Fancy Fox is something else to think about. The to-do-now list might be a bit ambitious since we’re going to see Star Trek with my buddy Susan, and my friend Marci is scheduled for the whole of Sunday. Busy. I like it.