there’s always room to break the rules when it seems prudent to do so

Since seventy-gajillion WIPS (works in progress) are obviously not enough for me, I decided to start yet another quilt project: Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell. I am pretty smitten with all of her designs, and perhaps will make a goal for myself someday to make each one – well, nah, probably not.

Anyway, I do love this particular design, and I think one of the main reasons is that it consists of so many different blocks that I surely am not going to get tired and bored of doing the same block over and over.

I’m doing a scrappy, happy-go-lucky version, using whatever jumps into my hands at the moment of cutting. I’m thinking it’s going to be best to keep the background low volume for the most part, although there’s always room to break the rules when it seems prudent to do so.

So far, I’m enjoying this quilt immensely! Most of the blocks have very small pieces, which means the cutting and piecing have to be extra precise. I’m finding that a VERY scant 1/4″ seam is my best friend, and so far my blocks are coming out a teensy bit larger than they’re supposed to be, which means I can trim them down to size with no problems.

This weekend we’ve had rain pretty much non-stop, and I’ve had just a few pet sitting visits to do, so I’ve had some time to concentrate on the cutting and piecing. I’ve steam rolled through the first 6 units and am now on the TWENTY ONE churn dash blocks. I’ve got everything laid out in assembly line fashion, so they’re not causing me too much trouble.

Don’t you just love the lady in the block above? My favorite I think!

This unit was the most time consuming so far. Not that the piecing was very hard, but it took some doing to figure out the fabric placement. After much rearranging and hemming and hawing, I settled on the above.

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