I have been making slow progress on my rattlesnake quilt. Though I love the blocks, I am finding that even when I have time, progress is slow. Cutting the backgrounds is a bit fussy — ironing on the wax paper template, tracing and then cutting (the curved parts with scissors), and the sewing is a bit fussy as well, with the need for some pinning to make sure everything lines up properly . After 3-4 blocks, I am done. Even when all I am doing is cutting the backgrounds, I do not like to do too many at once. Here’s where I am so far, with the block colors laid out the way Karen Stone lays them out in her quilt.
Another challenge I have is that I do not know what color to make the backgrounds now. I have never been one to cut everything before I start piecing. I tend to cut enough for a few blocks, piece those, cut some more, piece some more. I approached the centers of the rattlesnakes somewhat differently, for once following cutting directions and cutting all the strips first. I had made 26 centers out of the 36 called for in the original design when I stopped quilting. When I started up again, I completely forgot that those strips had a purpose, and used them in other quilts. Oops. I do not want to make more, so I need to come up with a design that will work with 26 blocks….With only 26 blocks it will be too small for a lap quilt, so I am thinking of adding something to make it larger. Not that I really need more lap quilts!
I wasn’t completely thrilled with the original layout, so I tried placing them a bit differently, just to see. The Quilt Inspector decided to assist…At the moment I like the random layout the best.
I have been using EQ7 to try out a few more designs. Some need more than my 26 blocks, unfortunately. What do you think?