Monday, 28 July 2014

Kansas Troubles...

The other post I wrote a couple of weeks ago and then didn't get around to finishing...here goes...

An old UFO prepared for hand piecing on the train to/from work in the City (bear in mind here, haven't done that for coming up 8 years so who knows when it was prepared) was lost in the Overgrown Forest of Projects.  It made its way into the light about 12 months ago when, in order to move it from a bag of patches, I changed it to machine pieced. This meant much pinning and stitching line matching but the blocks went together nicely enough at the time and blocks were put together in three out of the four colourways.  With the final six blocks in the fourth colourway to be pieced it was then put aside again. A few weekends ago when it was raining and feral and definitely not the weather to put even a big toe of the door into the great outdoors I set to to finish up those final six blocks...and unlike the other blocks they did not co-operate...at all!

So, in the end, after spending an entire day on those errant six blocks, I abandoned the pattern layout, went one row less, so rectangular rather than square, and put the top together...
Kansas Troubles block table centre from Country Patchwork and Crafts magazine (only identified by the page header on the photocopy of the pattern with the patches, who knows from when or who by, so sorry but can't give credit)...

Those blocks weren't called Kansas Troubles for nothing...trouble they certainly did give!

I'm going to use remainder of the border fabric as the backing but as there isn't quite a big enough piece some piecing in of something else is required...when I get around to it.

I ditched one of the unco-operative blocks altogether but couldn't bring myself to throw them all out, they were wrong but still useable so...

Four into a top to become a placemat...
 And one a mug mat (coaster)...
A top, a basted sandwich and a finish...so not a bad tally for a wet and windy weekend...

Happy Stitching...

7 comments:

Fiona said...

sounds like a bit of juggling but I do love those effective (if troublesome) blocks and you have got some great goodies from them...
Hugz

Mistea said...

Cool coaster. I like the effect of the quilting on this block.
Your table will be well dressed when these are all done, a perfect setting for one!

shez said...

Hi Annette you have been awesome,love these,well done.xx

Jo said...

Well done. Another finish must make you feel good

marina said...

well done -they do look very fiddly!
they make a beautiful table runner.

elliek said...

That is thinking outside the square. love what you have done.

Sisbabestitches said...

The table centre has worked out lovely and well done for salvaging those other uncooperative blocks into pretty and useable items.

Since it took you weeks to post I figure it maybe (sorta) okay I took lots of weeks to catch up my reading, lol