I’m happy to blame my scattered brain for my troubles with the Gypsy Wife Filler blocks (specifically the pinwheels and the hourglass blocks), BUT… some other people have expressed frustration, too, over on the Flickr discussion group. So thank you, other people. I feel a little bit better.
I started to work on my hourglass blocks, and I got tripped up on part of the instructions.
The instructions said my hourglass portion should finish at 3″ and my trimmed/sashed hourglass would finish at 4″. The sashing was 1″, and with seam allowances, I just couldn’t get things to add up correctly in my mind.
I realize now that anytime I see “finished” in this pattern, I should add 1/2″. Anytime. EVERYTIME. I’m sure this occurred to me on the feature blocks, but I forgot it when I was skipping around the filler block section. If you don’t have this pattern, please understand there’s a fair amount of skipping around – you create the center components first and then pull them back out a few pages later. It’s a little confusing for me, but I’m getting better.
For the hourglass portion, I’m giving myself the following advice when I read the pattern:
When I trimmed my pinwheels, I had strong reservations about trimming my pinwheels down so small, but, unfortunately, I double-checked and proceeded anyway.
So now, this guy
…and this guy
…are both too small.
I will probably frame these two blocks with another round of courthouse/logs/sashing to get them up to size. I might redo them, but both contain fabrics that I acquired through the Intrepid Thread BOM, and without extra fabric, I’m reluctant to redo these. I need to feel like the BOM fabric doesn’t seem out of place, and part of my strategy is to use them as often as I can.
Now that I’ve confessed my mistake and shared my solution, here’s a bit of a progress report.
I was a little worried that a coherent color scheme wouldn’t emerge, but I think it’s coming together better than I expected! It’s a little scrappy, but I think as I make more blocks, I can fill in and tighten up the colors in a way that pleases me.
Update: I’ve realized I might STILL have this wrong. If my math or approach is off, please say so! I’m hoping I have this figured out, but if you have advice, I’ll definitely take it and say thank you!