I finally was able to get to the sewing today. Wednesday was crazy busy and yesterday I was suffering from a case of the blahs. But today I made it back to work on the blocks.
I have been thinking a lot about how just one block doesn't really show the versatility of a block. You can't tell if there are secondary patterns, etc. So I have been kicking around the idea of making multiple blocks of each to see if any secondary pattern emerges when they are put together. I had intended to do so on today's block, but I got distracted by another issue.
Today made me really appreciate the value of doing a test block. I had picked out the colors for the block and thought I'd like them, but when the block is put together I can see that my 'medium' is really too light and kind of washed out. I think for this block to shine there really needs to be a bit more contrast.
I really enjoy making the blocks because I feel like I'm learning so much as I move along.
Without further musing on my part, today's block is Nelson's Victory which is block number 6 on page 57 of Jinny Beyer's The quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns. This block is 4 inch finished.
I did the half square triangles by using the method where you cut two squares, draw a line and sew on either side of it and cut them apart so the first picture has the half square triangles already made.