Back in 2010, Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Frannson! published a pattern called Canasta. (She has since retired the pattern, so it's no longer available.)
The wonky version of this quilt pattern really appealed to me, so I bought it and began to gather up lots of fun prints and coordinating solids. I made lots and lots of blocks. I was in the block making zone! Knocking the blocks out and so excited about it!
I had quite a shock when I realized I'd made a really BIG goof.
As you can see, the blocks are a log cabin variation: three sets of strips sewn around a center square. After each round of strips is added the block is trimmed down with with the ruler tilted so it is wonky. For each round the ruler is tilted a different direction, so half the blocks should be tilted RIGHT-LEFT-RIGHT and the other half should be LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT. There should have been 21 of Block A and 21 of Block B.
|Block A: L-R-L Block B: R-L-R|
Eventually I decided to make another full set of blocks so I'd have enough blocks for TWO quilts. I still had a LOT of fabric left from the first bunch. Lots of cutting and sorting and soon all the strips cut. I made a few blocks, but just wasn't feeling the project right then so --yep, back in the box.....for years! It's one of those projects that's kinda haunted me, every time I stumbled into the boxes I felt that twinge of guilt over all the time and money already invested in the project. I added this project to my 2016 FAL list so I could give up the guilt once and for all! ; )
|Strips in the top box, finished blocks in the bottom one.|
I finally pulled the mess out in July and started to stitch. Over the course of a week I sewed up all the new blocks. Seeing the pile of finished blocks was thrilling!
Hmmm, well, that happiness didn't last!
My really long project was becoming even l o n g e r!
When my daughter and I sorted through all the blocks, new and old alike, to make sure they really were all correctly tilted guess what we found? Yep, several blocks were wrong. I needed to make another 6 blocks. So, back to more block construction--but this time I had to do some hunting through the stash for fabric at add to the mix.
Finally, finally the day arrived that I had all of the second set of blocks finished!
Yes! The end was in sight at last!