Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Blind Man's Fancy Block

first finished block :)
Progress has been made on this block and I like it but it took a while to get there. Once I decided on the fabric for the large corner triangles I checked to make sure that I will have enough and we are good to go.

fabric remnants that I used for test triangles
I still needed to do a bit of testing though because I am not following a pattern so mistakes can happen. I was not 100% sure what size to cut the side triangles and I didn't want to waste my 'good' fabric so I decided to do my testing with fabric trimmings that I had leftover from the backing on my Jewel Box quilt. I am so glad that I did because I totally forgot about something.

oops...these don't fit too well
I wanted to use standard 2.5" triangles and squares for the star block but I forgot that when you put the block on point things go awry. The trial set of corner triangles that I cut and sewed to the star block looked perfectly okay until I tried to set the hst sections to the block. It was a definite no go - I was out by about 1/2" on each side.
trial and error!
these corner triangles will fit much better

I used my Easy Angle ruler to cut the triangles and mathematically I think it should have been 6.5" hsts on the corners but the block really wanted something like 6.75" to work with the outer hsts. In the end, I decided to go with 7" hsts and I am happy with the result. You can see that the star is floating within the center of the block and it works for me! We all have small variations when we sew and I think these corner triangles fit my block quite well. I am so glad that I did a test with scrap fabric first so I didn't use up any of the fabric I wanted to use in the quilt.


Deb A said...

Pretty block! I saw a Stash Busters Challenge from Border Creek Station and thought of you. If you have finished 1.5 inch triangles in your pile.... might be a fun block to make.

Chantal said...

Whenever I work with triangles, whether like you or settings triangles, I always do a test run with something I don't care for, like non-cotton fabrics. I've miscalculated, it doesn't break my heart to have wasted a "good" fabric. That was a good call for you too. I love your block. ;^)