Sunday, January 11, 2009

Let's Call it Footstool

I completed the block for week 2 of the Friday Block Party (see my side bar). Because it was another 10in. block, I decided to use batiks again. I have no idea why. Maybe I will make an all batik quilt with the 10in. blocks - eventually.

I had a lot of trouble with the hourglass pieces in the centre of the block. The instructions on Quilter's Cache are not the greatest for constructing these little triangle pieces. Julie from floribunda shows how to do it much better in a little tutorial she came up with on the blog. I used this method too. It is much easier and there is much less stretching. But I still did not like the little hourglass pieces. They were very tedious and no matter how hard I tried to be exact, inevitably one of the blocks did not cooperate. I know! I'm a perfectionist - what else can I say? Then to make matters worse, I ran out of fabric so I used something similar in colour, but that didn't look quite right. So I made a second block.
The second block was not much easier. The hourglass pieces still gave me trouble and I doubt if I would ever make this block again. Oh. What's that? Yeah, I did make it again, didn't I? Oh, well. I liked the colours I was working with, I guess. The pattern is called Footstool on the Quilter's Cache. I don't know why it is called that. It doesn't look anything like a footstool. Maybe it got that name from the husband of the first woman who ever tried to construct this block and threw a footstool through a window in aggravation!


Barb said...

If you love batiks, I can get them here in American Samos for 5.80 a yard...they were 4.50 but went up. They are batiks from Figi. I have about 4 different kinds I can show you, if you are interested.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I love these colors. I've never really used batiks myself but I love seeing what others do with them. Nice!

Opal said...

beautiful squares.. i adore batiks!

*karendianne. said...

First - Love the banner! Makes me smile.

I completely 100% dig this block. I think it's great but and however I fully understand what it feels like when you can't get a block settled the way you want it. You're the quiltmaker.

the dutch purple rabbit said...

i love the collors. is it not easyer if you make the hourglases a paper piece patron.


LizzieJane said...

How wonderful are these, lovely color combinations, that is still something that I struggle over, putting colors together.