Adapt the Rules to Fit the Worker

I love the life lessons quilting brings. There is the grand structure of the quilting universe – 1/4” seams, press to the dark, square things should always be square – then there is the reality of the individual worker. My latest Progressive project reminded me that rules are meant to instruct, not bind, and can always be adapted.

This twisted block came with two sets of instructions, neither of which worked for me. The first came from the artist who began the project, the second from another quilter in the group. I measured angles and straight lines, trying to come up with an interpretation that would achieve the desired result. Nothing worked. “Self,” I said, “just choose the block that you like best, scribe the cutting lines on the fabric you need to work with, and run with it.” I folded the seams back on each other, marked the cutting lines, and sewed the best 1/4” seam I could manage. Repeat for three rounds and you have a twisted block.

My contribution fits in well with the others in the collection, and that’s really all that matters.

Luck and wisdom!

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8 Responses to “Adapt the Rules to Fit the Worker”

  1. Elaine Schmitz Says:

    Great blocks. I’d like to see the finished quilt.

  2. heyjami Says:

    Looks great to me! It was my method as well. I’m sure we were overthinking. 😉

  3. timetowritenow Says:

    Love your designs and colors!

  4. LTodd Says:

    Love your philosophy about rules. I think I’ll pin it up on my cork board as a reminder. Also like the blocks. Reminds me of Picasso.

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