One of my friends online is a teacher and artist from Illinois. Wanda's blog is Exuberant Color. I read it every day. Although more days than not, I don't comment.
When Wanda posted recently about a Stack and Slash quilt she was making I decided to make use of her labels list. I saw "Stack and Slash," so I clicked it. I saw one in flannel and thought, that would be a good use for the flannel fat quarter pack that has been in my stash for quite a while. So I found the tutorial and also told Wanda that I wanted to make that quilt. She send me her changes to the pattern. Today I started on it.
One of the first things I learned is that if you are going to stack fat quarters for cutting pieces - trim them to the same size first. (I cut some pieces short on the first go because the shorter fabric was underneath and I wasn't paying attention!)
Second - when the instructions say (in bold) Press to the dark side. Do it - there is probably a very good reason. (sigh)
Anyway, I got eight of the bordered square blocks made and I stacked and slashed four of them. then I sewed them together.
Lesson 3 - when using a FQ bundle be aware that the darks and lights are rarely even in number. You may need to pull in another line of fabric to make it work out. When will fabric companies and designers learn that contrast does all the work?
Lesson 4 - this is personal - I don't love piecing with flannel. First it sticks together--but look out- it may crawl also.
So, I may finish this as a small quilt - or I may use the flannel (and these squares) for something else.
Those of you who piece with flannel let me ask "Do you starch it first?" "Do you have any great tips for piecing it without going crazy?"
Meanwhile on the crochet hook -the shawl is coming along nicely.
And on the knitting needles this shawl is coming along much more slowly.
And the socks? Well that rabbit is one I quit chasing for a while. I got tired of pulling out stitches to fix boo boos. And the fine yarn was making my eyes cross.
But I did find a pattern for crocheted socks.......
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