Monday, December 17, 2012

Mysteries are meant to be solved

Or at least investigated....

Let's look at the Easy Street clues:
1. The intro said that it will finish at 84" x 84" before borders. That's 7,056 square inches. Borders are optional, so all the pieces we've done should fit in that area.
2. By my calculations, there is roughly 33% of the area still to be revealed. I'll break it down. Please check my math (or my typos).
• Part 1: 192 four patches * 3x3 finished size = 1,728 sq in, 24% of the total area
• Part 2: 128 flying geese * 1.5x3 finished size = 576 sq in, 8% of the total area
• Part 3: 64 shaded four patches * 3x3 finished size = 576 sq in, 8% of the total area
• Part 4: 64 flying geese * 1.5x3 finished size = 288 sq in, 4% of the total area (we've already counted the part 2 geese that these get attached to)
• Extras: b&w rectangles, green triangles, green squares = 1,606 sq in, 23% of the total area
3. From parts 1-4, we have groups of 192 units, 64 units, 64 units, and 64 units. How many blocks can we make from these? Common denominators are 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, and 64. Having 32 blocks would make the most sense to me. Those blocks would have 6 four patches and 2 each of the other units. We need to add something to the remaining part 2 geese to make them square; maybe flying geese with green wings made in the next part or maybe the b&w rectangles cut in part 2? We would need 4 of a new unit to make a 12x12 finished block. Of course, the units we've made might not go into the same blocks at all. [edited 12/18/2012]
4. In her blog post for part 1, Bonnie said that she has to be home to do the mystery. A quick check of her calendar tells us that she will be in Texas from December 30 to January 5. The 4th is when a clue would be posted. Does that mean our last clue will be posted on December 28? On the other hand, she said to plan on 6 to 8 weeks.
I know I'm missing something. Anyone else have any clues to add?

On to part 4! I got all the pieces cut for this week, but I wanted to finish part 3 before I started stitching them. (Update: All the part 4 right side wings are attached.)

 Easy Street part 4, in process

 Easy Street part 3, finished

Also on my design wall right now are the borders for my Michael Miller Clubhouse quilt, Casino. (These are the blocks that you see under my part 4 pieces in the first photo.) I really want to finish the top before the first meeting of the 2013 Clubhouse.

 Border blocks for Casino, ready to be assembled

-k

My previous Easy Street reports:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3