|Flying Geese waiting to be pressed|
My mission for Sunday went from "finish Easy Street part 3" to "acquire a new iron." I checked my favorite online quilting groups and Googled some reviews before deciding to get another Black & Decker. I really wanted to start part 3, but I knew I needed to get an iron. Dilemma! I found an iron on the Bed, Bath & Beyond website with a pick-up-in-store option! I placed the order for the closest store, then I gave my DH the 20% off coupon and sent him to pick it up. I <3 the interwebz!
On to step 3: There was an intriguing alternate method for making the shaded four patches posted on the Yahoo message group by one of the mystery participants. I wanted to try it, but I remembered that I already had background pieces cut per Bonnie's instructions leftover from the flying geese. So I used Bonnie's method for part 3. All my pieces are cut:
|purple squares, turquoise triangles|
A question posted on the Yahoo group brought up the topic of how to get a good scrappy look. One of the answers prompted me to rethink my strategy. Basically, she said that she uses a 10% rule to keep the fabrics scrappy. For example, if 50 pieces of a color are required, no more than five of them should be from the same fabric. I hadn't really thought that much about it. My method was to cut a strip, subcut as many pieces as I could from it, and move on to the next fabric. I stopped cutting when I had all the pieces I needed. For the flying geese in part 2, I ended up with 56% of the triangles from only two fabrics and 44% from the other five fabrics. I'm not going to redo what I've finished, but I am going to pay more attention for part 3. I only have seven fabrics, so I can't really follow the 10% guideline, but I can make sure I have a more even distribution of the fabrics I have. I'm looking forward to see how it all turns out.
|shaded four patches|
My previous Easy Street reports:
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P.S. In case you were wondering, my new iron is the Black & Decker Digital Advantage, $39.99. I really like it. It has a nice weight and nice digital screen that clearly shows what setting it is on and when it is ready.