I finished the patchwork tonight! Yay!
Well… sort of. It’s a little screwy. But nevermind that! More importantly, I can’t decide how to put it all together. There are mucho options.
I think I prefer Option 2 or Option 5. The others are too formulaic. Frankly they are all looking a little garish to me at the moment, but I’m going to ignore that feeling immediately!
As for the other problems.. check out the nearest black and white zigzag in the above photo. Significantly shorter than the other strips. Shit.
I don’t know yet if I can wiggle it into position, flip it with the other one on top so it’s not so obvious, or if I’ll need to take it apart and do slightly smaller seams.
Other problems? I have neither orange or blue thread with which to quilt the colored strips (using white for the black/white ones). I’m planning on quilting both side of the zigzag seams so colors are necessary. I guess I need to go shopping!
And while I’m there, I also don’t have nearly enough safety pins. That’s all I’ve seen on the machine quilting tutorials in blogland for basting. I wonder if I can use flat pins too? I sort of don’t see why not? Maybe they wiggle too much?
Incidently, aside from the shortness problem, I’ve also had to lower my level of perfectionism. The points in these zigzags are definitely not perfect. My first two colored strips were taken apart many times as first of all I kept putting the pieces in the wrong places (argh) and second of all the points weren’t matching. I did finally get them where I wanted them but it took a lot longer than I was planning on. Tonight I did the final two colored strips and said screw it, just sew it together in a pleasing way and don’t aim for perfect. Worked much better. Quite a few points are off, but oh well. I don’t think it shows up too much unless you’re actually looking for it. I only had to undo one seam. Yay! (I really didn’t like it when the same pattern didn’t flip top to bottom as the strip advanced.)
Anyway.. if you have an opinion on my patchwork layout I’d love to hear it! That will be up next, along with a black border. Then it will be on to basting, quilting, and binding. Woohoo! It might yet be done on time!