Monday, July 2, 2012

Balancing Act

We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Samuel Smiles

Something new on the design wall.  Triangle blocks using a pattern by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr called Balancing Act. This is just a start, many more to come.  I think it is a good stashbuster, just three seams per block. I pulled some larger print strips from my bins and I am cutting up a few fabric samples and fat eights. Not sure how big it will grow yet.
 ** Edited note:  This pattern was in a Better Homes & Gardens American Patchwork April 2009 magazine issue but a smaller project with the same block pieces may be downloaded at all people - Topsy-Turvy Triangles

Here's how I keep my strips sorted. Some in plastic shoe box size bins stored under my cutting table.

Some sorted in these cloth bins.  I found this in an antique mall booth several years ago.  I labeled the bins with index cards and was planning to go more subtle with labels from my label maker after I decided which sizes I was sure about.  Maybe soon I'll make up my mind.  I love that cool little machine!  It makes things look so official.  I have labels on my food canisters but I'm won't bore you with a picture of them ;-)  The index cards are kind of tacky looking.

I'm linking up with Judy's designwall-monday-july-2-2012 and Lily's Quilts Fresh Sewing Day


  1. I really like your Balancing Act blocks. You mentioned only 3 seams. What size are the cut strips you use? Maybe you could take pics of each step.

  2. It's looking great- how big will it be? Looking forward to seeing your progress.

  3. I have that quilt on my to do list, I wanted to do it as a wedding gift for a friend's daughter, but ran out of time... maybe an aniversary gift.. I am planning on using black and white/white and black fabrics the outside "rings" and then varied bright colors in the center. Yours are looking GOOD!


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