Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Orca Bay, Step #1

Bonnie Hunter's latest mystery is called "Orca Bay", inspired by a scenic view she had there.  Step #1 was making 224 hourglass blocks that are to be 2.5 inches square and made of black and neutrals.  Here is a basket with the majority and a few on the mat to show the size.

Now I do need to tell you that I cut too many strips and ended up making about 305 of these blocks.  But as it happened, some of them came out TOO SMALL.  How that happened I don't know.  However, about 230 of them are the RIGHT size.

I now have about 70 that I had to cut down to 2 inches [peaking out on the left of the photo].  This kind of error explains why I always have plenty of "orphan blocks". These will go in the drawer labelled "2 inch squares" for now, and at some future point they will be discovered to be Just The Thing I was needing for a doll quilt or some other project.

Bonnie's other colors for the mystery are Red and an accent of Blue.   Step #2 requires the making of 72 strip pieced blocks, using her blue.  I'm trying to decide . . . not real enamoured of the idea of Red and Blue.  Maybe darker tones of yellow instead of blue?  Need to make a decision and get going on these because Step #3 will come out on Friday.



DD Martha helped me learn a new step for my iPhone
Last GRWC before-concert rehearsal last night went well
A quiet day with lots of sewing time


Julie Fukuda said...

Ah, the mystery of the orphan blocks has come to light. I don't even think I can count that high. I am ticking off a list of the blocks I am making now each time I add one to the zip-lock bag.

What are you singing? Our choir is doing Vivaldi's "Gloria" on Sunday. My job is to keep the tenors in pitch and in sinc.

Elaine Adair said...

Oh crud - and they weren't the easiest to make either! But they are so cute, you'll use them for something! As I was reading your error, I got to thinking that maybe I had done MINE wrong - we're all getting so excited - mine are OK, but I can only do 15-20 at a time as they are tedious (to me). Then I sliver trim while watching TV.

cityquilter said...

well i still have about 65 or so to go to get them all done; step 2 not even started yet and friday is loooooming! you are ahead of me!