I’m in the unofficial Turtle Club of participants of the Orca Bay Mystery Quilt. My progress is slow but steady. You can follow my progress (including an alternate layout I made using EQ7) by looking under Quilts in the Categories in the side bar.
It is my intention to use the alternate layout when I sew the blocks together. And I’m getting close to that point now.
For those of you who are observant…you are right…when I sew my blocks together, I will lose the star points on my center star blocks.
While I was squaring up my string flying geese, I had time to reflect on why this is so, since I am not a beginning quilter (a beginner could do better than I did here). I still don’t know. Perhaps I messed up my seam allowance, but I don’t think so. More likely, I didn’t pay attention to the size I cut out to begin with and merrily cut and sewed assembly line style until I had all the blocks sewn. Regardless, I was in oblivion until I squared the star blocks.
Is this an earth shattering event? Does this mean I should throw out my stars in disgust and sew new ones? Shall I cry into my tea?
No…I don’t like that I screwed up, but live and learn. Here’s what I do like.
- I like the the new friends I found while participating in this mystery.
- I like the quilt design.
- I like the colors.
- I like the scrappiness, and I like that I learned how I don’t have to control what color goes where (so long as I didn’t mix my oranges and blues).
- I like that I used fabric…a lot of fabric…and didn’t just pet it while it sat on the shelf.
- I like string blocks.
I like that, after a two year depression, I am sewing again. And finding that joy is so much more valuable than worrying about pleasing the quilt police.For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 1, click here. For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 2, click here. For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 3, click here. For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 4, click here. For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 5, click here.