One would think that you should have your plan in play before you actually start your project. I had a sort of plan in my head, but didn't have it quite worked out. I was in such a hurry to get at least one of my Loyal Union Blocks made, that I hadn't worked out my "plan" of attack.
Before I picked another block to do, I had to get "my plan" laid out. So, I constructed a diagram with block numbers of all the blocks I need to do, and printed out the block numbers and organized them on my "design wall". I left enough room between blocks to hang the finished 6" block under their corresponding block numbers. This is important because I want to make sure all the fabrics in the blocks can "play" well together. Also to make sure that I am not making the same color choices of "touching blocks.
That done .... how do I pick what block I need to do? I have this weird mind that wants to make it some kind of game. What better way than to put each block number on a piece of paper ... then draw to see what block number will be the one I make. You have to have a little fun in what you do, I think!!
My second block to make will be block K-6. It is called the Windmill Block, probably because it looks like a windmill. I don't know for sure, since I have not read The Loyal Union Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts, written by Jennifer Chiaverini; but, I am thinking maybe these blocks play a role in this book? I'll keep my mind open for hints to this. LOL
Here is my design wall ....
I have my first finished block done, I-3, and hung on the wall. This K-6 block hangs just to the right of it in the row below. I figured I would just attach my blocks alphabetically as they are listed in the book. My hope is to show my design wall and placement of blocks as I do them. To the left is my envelope with the block numbers that I will draw from. I promise, I will not cheat and put back a block number that I don't want at the moment. Pinky swear.... LOL
I guess we are having the calm before the winter storm right now here in sunny and cold Northern Ohio. Probably would be a great time to pick my fabrics for block K-6, and maybe get them cut out. Who knows, maybe I will even get it sewn!!
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