What great thought-provoking solutions everyone sent. The entire process was really interesting to me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
I opted to removed the incorrect sections from the bears paw block and resewed them. It probably took me about 5 minutes to "unsew" the offending sections and less than that to resew them back together.
Now they look "right" but I will admit that I think they were more interesting with the two sections going the "wrong" way. Now there's nothing to really get excited about in this block. Unless you look closely and see the little coping strips I added to make the sections the right size. VBG
I also did get to a small block for the same project. I didn't have dark thread in either of my machines so I hand-sewed the center square (I opted to make it as a pinwheel with the center square appliquéd onto the center rather than use the templates offered!)
I was cutting the pieces for the next block at my cutting table and got a different view of random orphan blocks on my design wall. For some reason they called out to me to put them together as is! So I think that may be my next project when we get back to the cabin.
When I visited Cyndi Black's shop in Maine last month (The Busy Thimble), I bought some of her cheater cloth fabrics, which I believe were on her sale rack! I've seen some people use them on backings or as part of other quilts. I think they're lots of fun, and once they're quilted, I think they'll make nice donation quilts!
This will likely go on the back of the Moda Blockheads II that I've been making in red/white/blue. I'm even thinking I may give it to my son once he graduates from the Marine Officer's Reserve training at the end of the year.
This was on the back of one of the quilts in the teacher's tent at the Sister's Quilt show last month.
Several years ago when I used to go to Wisconsin regularly we visited a quilt shop which reproduced antique quilts into cheater cloths. It was done beautifully and artfully; I don't think it was inexpensive to reproduce, either. So I'm saying this so you won't poo-poo these cheater cloths. I think there's an art to reproducing them. I had bought a larger version of the squares a few years ago and had it quilted--I have to say with a flannel back, it's super comfy and looks awesome.
Yesterday little Emma (who turns 7 today!) had her horse show at the camp she's attended this summer here in Bend. She's not a large child and the horse is plenty big so it's pretty impressive to see how well she handled Josey doing various maneuvers!
I'm off to Bend this morning for the local guild's quilt show (a few years ago I snagged the Rocketeer machine for $75 at the show!) so I'm sure I'll have some great quilts to show you, hopefully tomorrow.
Our 3 weeks with the grandkids at our cabin is drawing to a close as we have to drive them back to SF on Monday for them to start school. We certainly loved our time with them.
My dh and I, however, are returning after just a few days in California back to the cabin for the last vestiges of summer here in Central Oregon. The weather always changes right after Labor Day--very chilly mornings, which I just love.
This was a sunset this past week!
Have a great weekend.