Some time ago, our friend, blogless Honna brought a project to White Oak that has become known as The Quilt From Hell. It's official name was "Simple Gifts" and while it was intended as a gift from her to several friends, it turned out to be anything BUT simple.
While none of us liked the colors or fabrics in the photgraph, it was pretty clear that it relied for its impact on the contrast among the two framing fabrics, the feature fabric in the center, and the background. Honna's fabrics (chosen by the recipients) had nearly no contrast at all. Strike one against her. She had also been increasing the size from the generous throw of the pattern to one for a queen bed! So the numbers of units had about doubled. Strike two.
The top itself is assembled in units that are put together as diagonal strips.
Unfortunately, as I analyzed what went wrong, I found that I liked the pattern and decided to use it to
make the new quilt for D#2's room. At my request, she fished the book out of her discard pile and gave it to me with her blessing. My first step was to find fabrics
with sufficient contrast, and, in Paducah, I bought these:
Why weren't my lattices winding correctly??? I'd been so careful (or so I thought). The directions had cautioned that this was wrong:
But somehow I'd found (and used) an equally wrong arrangement:
The triangles needed to meet here:
Looks like the Quilt from Hell has won the first round from me, too. Not giving up, though. I have a lot of "un-sewing" or "frog-stitching" (rippit, rippit) to do before Friday! Honna.... I know JUST how you feel.