The other Christmas knitting and sewing are moving right along too...sorry, no photos. Nope; not a one. :-)
Pookie's help in the sewing studio hasn't hampered my work on my "Easy Street" mystery quilt at all. At right is the tray of 193 four-patches from Clue #1 -- 192 called for, and one for the pot. Clue #2 of the mystery was posted yesterday, and is now underway.
Clue #2 requires assembling 128 -- count 'em! -- Flying Geese Units (FGUs). Ms. Bonnie loves the rulers she uses to make these, and waxes eloquent about them in a very helpful tutorial. complete with video. I believe she used at least one of these rulers last year for Orca Bay, too. However, I'm still not on board with 'em. I have enough rulers. However, she did make one valid point: while there are many methods for successfully constructing FGUs, some waste quite a bit of fabric. Considering my favourite method to date -- a rectangle and two squares -- I had to admit my method was one of those.
Thus I decided to check out other options, and I came across this one from Pieceful Quilter. It involves a large square and four small squares, from which one gets four FGUs at one time. First I made a sample, and once I figured out her method, I forged ahead.
For Clue #2, the FGUs had to measure -- unfinished -- 2' x 3 1/2". According to Ms. Pieceful, for every 4 units of that size, I would need one 4 1/4" square and four 2 3/8" squares, which you see here in purple (32 of 'em) and cream print background fabric (128 of 'em).
You begin the FGU by creating two heart-like units from the single large square and two small squares.
Then you add a third small square to each 'heart':
From here you mark 'em, stitch 'em and slice 'em, et voila! Trim off the little bunny ears and you're "good to go", as my daughter would say. :-)
Yesterday, after cutting out all the squares I needed, I put together 16 FGUs from four large ones and 16 small ones, with only a tiny pile of trimmed ears left over -- a far cry from the small triangles I've collected using my previous method. Plus I didn't have to invest in new rulers and I didn't have to sew bias edges. What's not to love?
Stitching continues into today, as I watch the snow fall softly and try to decide whether or not I want to shovel a third day (in a row)...
"Be well, do good work, and keep in touch."
- Garrison Keillor, The Writer's Almanac