Here's the problem: I never know what I'm going to do until I do it. And then I never remember what I did because in most cases, I don't want to repeat anything exactly. When I wrote my book, I had to work more deliberately and break things down into steps: a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.
This was my Lonely Crayon block for the MQG challenge - but I could never replicate it and wouldn't want to. Three colors, one of which had to be white. I used squares and rectangles and have no idea how I got here.
Nonetheless, I started to experiment this morning to see if there were any possibilities working with just squares. And I am taking pictures as I go along, writing(here) as I go so I will (maybe) remember what I have done/am doing. This is my test case: where better to test things than a place I can look at them in before/during/after sequence.
1. pick 3 fabrics - dark, medium light and cut three 4" squares of each color (12 total)
2. cut three strips of each color, 1" wide x 4" long
3. lay different color strip roughly in the middle of the square and slice without a ruler along the edge of the strip. 4. Insert and repeat with all squares and strips.You will end up with 12 units that look something like this, with 6 pairs of color combinations.
One possible 9 patch layout (boring)
Another possible layout (predictable)Since I had cut 12 squares and used only 9, I sliced the extra three crosswise and then strung them together. As you might imagine, too structured for me - but somebody else might like this arrangement. (note to self- write instructions for this).
5. Slice three units crosswise at any point (into any number of strips) and sew together, lining up the center strips as much as possible.Ok - so now I am going to tackle the rest of the strips to see if I can come up with anything different. Stay tuned.** ** Footnote: I hated this so much that I cut all the pieces to bits and threw them into my box. Maybe it was the colors, maybe the geometric, structured look - but these pieces will surface in something else more interesting. Whew! What a relief to be done with this. If anybody wants to use this as a starting point and do something wonderful, be my guest. But you have to send it to me to post:-).