Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Oops!... I Did It Again!

Well, not quite, but I am going to!

I have started drafting the blocks for the second Lancaster Diamond Sampler Quilt -- the one created by Fanny Bucher.  My friends and co-workers who have seen me working on this the past couple of days (during my lunch break) think that I'm insane. They saw the first quilt (The Lancaster Diamond Sampler Quilt), for which Ann Holte drafted the patterns. They know the work that went into that quilt using someone else's patterns.  They chuckle when I sit there with my rulers and calculator drafting the blocks myself.

As I have been studying the quilt, I note that Fanny did not do a  lot of applique.  That is not to say that there is none in the quilt, there just appears to be less than in the Lancaster Diamond Sampler Quilt done by her friend/relative/neighbor.

"That block" .. you know the one .. the one with 120 pieces shows up in this quilt, too.  Fanny must have enjoyed piecing small pieces as there's a similar block with 110 pieces!  She also enjoys making Lemoyne Stars as there are four in the quilt, and two Mariner's compasses!

In one of the blocks, I have found the initials "H.W" and the date 1860. I believe that I am going to follow suit, and place my initials and the year in the same block in this quilt.

If you've been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I am a numbers geek. I love spreadsheets! 
In the quilt:
  • 137 full diamond blocks
  •     2 short half-diamond blocks (top/bottom)
  •    12 long half-diamond blocks (left/right)
  •     4 quarter-diamond blocks (corners) 
  •     3 full diamond blocks
  •     2 short half-diamond blocks (top/bottom)
  •     4 long half-diamond blocks (left/right)
  •     4 quarter-diamond blocks (corners) 

Left to complete:
  • 134 full diamond blocks
  •  18 short half-diamond blocks (top/bottom)
  •   8 long half-diamond blocks (left/right)
  •   0 quarter-diamond blocks (corners)

So far, I have drafted 108 pieces in 13 blocks. I have a lot more to go, and I am looking forward to it!

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