Monday, November 29, 2010
On the Design Wall: Carpenter's Wheel
These are pile of 16, which are the number I need to use in the block I eventually chose to use them up.
After using Google's Image search function, I settled on the Carpenter's Wheel block as the most suitable for using up my half-square triangles.
This particular pattern came from Marcia Hohn's Quilter's Cache and is the 'easy' version since it uses only half-square triangles and not the traditional Y-seams. However, after looking at other Carpenter Wheel blocks, I discovered that if you *also* put a half-square triangle at the outer 4 corners, you will get an interesting secondary pattern with or without sashing ... so I made that very slight alteration to Marcia's pattern.
Because Marcia's pattern very conveniently calls for 3-1/2" half-square triangles, all I had to do was find the complimentary third color to work with what I already had and sew *those* half-square triangles. The resultant block is a monster-sized 24"! :-)
Marcia's directions are VERY clear and VERY easy to do. The most difficult part was putting the correct half-square triangle in the correct place! :-)
I was able to make *3* 24" Carpenter Wheel blocks before I ran out of suitable greens. Because the original half-square triangles came from another project, I was also running dangerously low on those two colors (the light background and the deep coral); fortunately, they came from Joann's calico wall and they were still there! woo hoo! :-)
I also found, in the remnant bin at an additional 50% off, another medium green that will make the fourth and final Carpenter's Wheel block. I don't want to make any more 24" Carpenter Wheel blocks because 1) this was SUPPOSED to be an almost quick-and-dirty project to be done in-between others and 2) after the 4th Carpenter's Wheel block is made, I just don't want to be making any more.
It is at this point I am now stuck. I like to make "useful" size quilts, which normally translate into bed-sized quilts. I am also amenable to making a throw size from these 4 blocks ... but what layout? I can't quite use them as they are as the size isn't "useful". I love using Electric Quilt to help me with design choices but for this particular layout, I have discovered that I don't have the specific knowledge I need to do what I want ... and that is very annoying. I may be reduced to doing this old-school .. with paper cutouts! Fortunately, Electric Quilt can supply me with the blocks to cut out; I'll just move them around on my worktable. :-)
But what?? I'm still struggling with what to use.
Maybe I could repeat *half* of the Carpenter's Wheel over each block for the top & bottom borders for an 'arch' kind of look. But, I can't get Electric Quilt to give me the layout I want for the borders!
Or if I split the setting triangles into 2 pieces, maybe put a *quarter* of the Carpenter's Wheel in each small triangle?
See the outer sashing/border in the layout on the left? Electric Quilt cut the blocks at each corner off .. they are triangles instead of the squares that I wanted. That's one of the skills I don't have for Electric Quilt, so the layout looks odd. I just need to remember how I really want it to look.
And instead of finishing up this "quick and dirty" layout, I'm now still in the design phase! I just may let this one sit on the design wall for a while.
What I REALLY want to be doing is quilting "Lumiere de Noel" with Lizzie .. I have the batting, I have the backing ... but this Carpenter's Wheel project has waylaid me! :-)