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On Swaps and OCD [Nov. 15th, 2006|11:52 pm]

Not that I’d ever claim to actually have OCD, but as you may know, I’m a teensy bit perfectionist. Wherein hangs a tale. See, there’s a set of quilting forums on About where the people seem very nice, and I’ve been lurking for a while and finally signed up and posted a time or two. And they have block swaps: make a set number of a specific block using prescribed colors, and send them in to a “swap hostess” to receive the same number of blocks made by other people. Sounds neat, and friendly, and just generally a good idea. A block swap came along using Christmas colors, in a neat pattern that I’ve been thinking about doing for a while, and I thought I’d sign up. A scrappy Christmas quilt would be cool!

I made a test block or two and fretted about getting the size right (I was off by a sixteenth on each side) and the color right (does lots of green leaves on black “read” green enough?) and thought about what I’d do with these finished blocks. The pattern looks like ribbons to me when several blocks are put together; if I border it with square blocks, I can call it “boxes and bows”; that would be neat. If I make sets of four blocks, the ribbons stand out more. But the block layout has to be precise. The triangles have to go on specific corners. (In the picture below there’s a failed block under the good ones – it’s “backwards” and I can’t use it.) Hmm. From worrying about what they’ll think of me to worrying about what I’d think of them. I think I’ll just make the quilt and credit the swap post for inspiration.