Friday, October 24, 2008

Izabella's Puzzle

Here are the borders for this quilt. It has been a nightmare - no, that's extreme. Rather, it has been like a bad dream. It was hard to figure out exactly what size to make the pieces, especially since I determined the Fiskars mat I've been using for 15 years is not sized correctly - 20" on the mat is equivalent to 19.75" on the ruler. I told Fiskars about it and they apologized and sent me a new one but the packaging said the mat was hazardous and could cause cancer so I haven't opened it yet. So, anyway, the difference seems miniscule over a 7" stretch, but multiply that by 10 and it creates an issue.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Izabella's Puzzle

I finished piecing Izabella's top. I've got an idea for the border - we'll see how it works out!

I've been reading The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments by George Johnson. It is very interesting and well-written. He talks about experiments such as Newton's discovery of the properties of light, Harvey's understanding of heart function, and eight others.

Monday, October 13, 2008

More puzzlework

And yet another version (this could take awhile). It really is like a big puzzle. It's like one of those 5x5 flat boards with the plastic chip pieces (5 by 5 minus one) that you move around until it forms the picture, like a 2-D rubix cube.

Izabella's Quilt, puzzlework

I've finished the pieces for the main body of the quilt. Now I'm rearranging them to maximize the pleasing-to-the-eye factor. After I'm done with that, I'll have to figure out what to do with the border. I'm already liking this quilt a lot.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Izabella's Quilt

This weekend I have been working on Izabella's quilt. I'm using the orange/blue triangle/squares I made earlier, and I've added the other colors too. I'm still thinking about what to do with the border so the squares-on-point flow smoothly into the border.