No, I'm not being attacked by a UFO. I'm attacking a UFO.
Blind Man's Fancy is one of my many UFOs. I think it has lingered as a UFO for so long because I hate cutting fabric especially when the pattern calls for so many odd sized pieces. Those little HSTs finish at 1 13/16 which is really weird and so I can't use my usual method of making HSTs which is using an Easy Angle ruler. I have to follow the methods used in the pattern for all these weird sized pieces for a 15 inch block.
I do want to make and own a quilt like this so I decided to work on it again last weekend and made six more blocks. I need a total of 25 (or maybe reduce to 16? ) plus this will have flying geese for sashing.
Since this pattern is supposedly modeled after a civil war era quilt I'm using civil war reproduction fabrics. I found a free pattern by Beth Donaldson to use. I also have a slightly different set of instructions from the book History Repeated which I bought after I started making these.
in case you are interested in how the final quilt will look.
Normally when I make these blocks I choose 7 different fabrics starting with the center 6 1/8 inch piece and work out from there, cutting fabric for each section of the block. Then I sew. I don't cut all the fabric pieces at one time because of the "hate cutting" factor. I also hate drawing sewing/cutting lines on fabric and so that is why I sew a little, cut a little, sew a little, cut a little especially on blocks like these.
In order to keep this UFO moving forward I've devised a new plan of attack.
Now I'm going to work from the outside in and also use some of the already cut pieces left over from the last 11 blocks. So, I will mix and match the pile of 5 inch fabrics to make 4 each of all the hourglass units I need. I will mix and match the pile of already cut 4 3/8 inch pieces and make all those 1 13/16 inch HSTs and so on. So, I think rather than make one block at a time I will make all of the necessary UNITS I need from already cut to size fabrics and then make the blocks. I think that will be more appealing to me and help me get this quilt completed!