After
my long delay, I started
having problems with
concentrating. Thinking
this was yet another
problem related to
my insomnia, I finally
went to the doctor.
She and I were both
surprized to discover
I was hypothyroid.
After only a couple
of days on hormones,
I'm now my normal,
frentic self and LS10
is the result. I modified
it from the drawing
in the book. All the
angles except the
top triangle are right
angles. The top is
the same angle as
the triangle itself.







BR12
is also modified from
the book. I noticed
in Jane's quilt, the
pieced diamond extended
into the bottom background
triangles. Originally,
I though of appliqueing
it, but it ended up
being easier to piece.
It's nice to be able
to sit and do three
things at once again.





I
like the way BR6 turned
out. I redrafted it
to make all the "flanking
triangles" right
triangles, and I noticed
the center triangle
came to a point on
Jane's quilt, so I
tried to do that as
well. The top quardrilateral
with 1/4" strip
is also different
from the draft in
the book, but I think
it balances the 1/4"
strip surrounding
the big triangle.







I
tried to "straighten"
out of the lower arcs
that make up the big
base triangle in RS10,
but the result just
looked so funky that
I think Jane meant
it to be curved slightly.
The other triangles
are all 60 degrees
since I thought using
a consistant angle
would make the final
block look more balanced.





TR4
gave me problems in
the redraft. I knew
that I wanted the
straight strips to
be all one width (in
this case, 1/2")
but the triangles
were all sort of odd
angles. I finally
managed to turn them
into right triangles,
but it made the final
triangle at the top
smaller than in Jane's
original.







BR5
is the only triangle
I had done "before."
I did it for the quilt
the Dear Jane mailinglist
made for President
Bush, but then I made
it by machine. I think
it was actually easier
by hand, although
some of my points
may not have turned
out quite so pointy.





I
should keep better
records, or at least
update them once in
a while. My paper
record showed that
I had not done LS13,
and I thought "how
could I have put off
such an easy one."
Well, the paper record
was wrong, so it was
with great frustration
that I continued on
to this one, TR11.
The angles fought
me and the points
fought me and, even
though it should have
been easy, with all
straight seams, I'm
glad it's done. Maybe
I'll use the left
over LS13 on the back.







The biggest problem
I have with some of
Brenda's patterns
is that I feel that
Jane did not mean
to do as many odd
angles or shapes as
appear in the drafts
in the book. This
one is a perfect case.
The angles are all
right angles and the
there are at least
4 HST and two Flying
Geese, but not unless
you redraft it. Maybe
I'm still grumpy for
the LS13 debacle.
Maybe my doctor needs
to up my Levoxyl dosage.




