Until today, if you'd asked, I would have told you I consider my quilting skills advanced. There are few techniques I've not tried (inset corners comes to mind) and none I won't try (hexagon paper piecing - ewww). So I thought Summer Slice would be cake.
I'm pretty handy at figuring out a quilt from a picture. I should have known that my inability to figure out this one without the book was a sign...
I needed to make the blocks smaller, so I figured and figured. I decided on a size to cut triangles and strips and squares and then went digging through my stash.
Not enough orange anywhere, but ooh, this yellow is perfect and I like how this green has glittery stuff in it - makes it look like juicy fresh fruits... And, oh, this leftover off-white is perfect and look, a small strip of orange to just add a little punch!
But oh dear, that off-white isn't large enough to cut that size squares-to-be-triangles. Okay, I'll just make it a little smaller...
No, that's not right, maybe if I cut rectangles and sew 1/4" from center across them... Well, that's NOT a square...
Maybe this size? Aah, yes, finally! Now what did I cut again? But where I my seam ripper again? Maybe I should just take a nap...
No, no, keep working. The hardest part must be behind you. (I think I said that for every step!)
Argh...look, I chopped those points off. Poo. Well, it's just gonna be that way. Remind me not to make this one again for a long time.
It's finished, but don't look close. And I feel like those borders look like an afterthought, not part of the plan. It's just a top because, again, I've run out of batting leftovers (don't you go getting any ideas Mary!), but it can wait. Bigger quilts are in the works.
So, after this, I've demoted myself to intermediate-level quilter. And I'm going to drown my sorrows in some cookies I baked earlier.
(But don't eat too many because they're for Grandpa May!)
And maybe take a nap.
Or maybe read the next book on the stack "The Devil in Music" by Kate Ross. Not so many expectations of this book as the last and so far it's good.