Tuesday, June 18, 2019

My brain hurts ...

We're on the move, hopefully, in the not too distant future so most of my sewing 'stuff' is packed away. I pulled out some fabric with a view to working on a piece for an exhibition later this year but it seems that my brain is not in design mode.
Desperate for some sewing as therapy/distraction I pulled out something I started several years ago but abandoned because it was too repetitious. Now that repetition is just what I need but did I leave myself any notes? Of course I didn't, there are some sizes scrawled on the back of an envelope that I obviously thought would help but they only replicate what I can see here:

Can you see that the small white pieces are actually rectangles? Thinking I''d made a mistake I carefully cut two of the rectangles to match the size of the small squares and stitched them together:

But I'm trying to replicate the block below and realised that this configuration would lose its points when I cut it diagonally and added the corner triangles.

And then the penny dropped, those white pieces were cut as rectangles for a reason ...

Stitched together in this configuration then sewn either side of the diagonal to the larger square creates two of these corner units:

So now that I've worked that out I'm tempted to put it all away again because  .... my brain hurts!


Vital Spark Designs said...

At least you tried Linda!!!! Make some more notes before you put it away this time 😉 x

indigocarole said...

I'm not surprised. There was a reason it got put away in the first place! Try knitting instead, socks are like zen, round and round on the tiny needle, until you fall asleep, or I do usually VBG Good luck with the move and look after yourself.

Quayquilter said...

These are sometimes called Mary's triangles. You were very clever to work it out! Sally Schneider claims credit for inventing this clever sew and cut technique and her book is called "Triangle Tricks". "Mary" was her friend. I have made 5 quilts using this technique, three of them big ones. I used Sally's technique but used the designs in a wonderful hard to get book called "Designing quilts: the value of value" by Suzanne Tessier Hammond. u She had you sorting out your fabrics into five value piles then combining them into three to piece these units with effects created by dark and light combinations rather than colour.

Linda B. said...

Not that clever I’m afraid, I knew of Mary’s triangles before I began the quilt, but your book references have intrigued me, thank you.