Do you remember me talking about a pirate quilt while ago? Go back to here to refresh your memory.
Confession time: I have been really struggling to get it to work. My first test block (above), is perfect. I love everything about it.
It is on white and is 10.5" square. However, I decided that in the real quilt the ships should probably be sailing on blue fabric. So I bought 6 yards of ocean blue homespun. I also decided I should scale up the blocks to 15" so I could build the quilt quicker.
My test run of a bigger ship was a disaster. The ship completely lost its charm and there was way too much negative space. I also tried foundation piecing this ship. While this wasn't a mistake in itself, I quite enjoyed the foundation piecing, the ship ended up not being 'wonky' enough.
Ok... so I scrapped that one. And tried the 10.5" size block again.
I also foundation pieced this one (drawing the ship in a bit more of a wonky fashion). It has the same size and scale as the original white block. Its still missing some of its wonkiness, but it was enough to make me feel confident I was on the right track.
For attempt number 4 and 5 I decided to ditch the foundation piecing and go back to the free/improv/wonky piecing I used in the first block.
They are too wonky! I'll blowed if I can remember how I managed to get the first one so compact and cutsie.
If I put the blocks together I'm just a bit underwhelmed at how it looks. The ships don't stand out enough against the blue. And I am worried they don't look enough like ships.
What do I do? Should I call it a fail now before I spend any more energy on it? Or should I make a few more blocks and see if they have more impact with the power of numbers?
Wise blog readers help me decide.