Saturday, August 15, 2009

Mardi Gras Men, continued . . .

Below is the 1M-4-1M-3-4M-3M-2-2M-1M block. It contains portions of four different men.
Below are colored blocks . . . for the sake of balance, the top row shown is actually the bottom third of a block (2-2M-1M) . . . then, there's a row of complete blocks . . . and, the bottom two rows show are actually the top two-thirds of a block (1M-4-1M-3-4M-3M).

In this drawing, you can see where two or more shapes are the same color. During construction, I taped my templates together and cut these shapes in one piece. This eliminated extra sewing (and fabric). Then again, I was only using one fabric per color. If I were using say, five or six different fabrics of each color, I would have cut the shapes as individual pieces and mixed them up, so I wouldn't get the same fabrics touching each other.

Here's a question for you: What is the minimum number of colors you can use for this pattern (for the men)?? What is the maximum number of colors you can use??

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  1. Wow! I'll take a stab at your questions. Minimum number of colors for the men would be 1. Maximum would be an infinite number. Am I correct or have I gotten out of bed too early?

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  2. Go back to bed, Greg . . . You're not only too early, but too low, LOL!! If all the men are the same color, how could you tell one from another?? (You're correct about the maximum number, though . . . you can use as many colors as there are men in your quilt)

    Yes, there's a group for recovering tile addicts (and I won't delete this one) . . . Thank You, Greg!!

  3. You could use 1 color, but it'd look kinda funky and the men would bleed together makingthem a blob of sorts.

  4. Right you are . . . you will need strong contrast between the colors . . . one color in light, medium, and dark shades would work.

  5. HA-now i don't have to steal your quilt. playing with mine. since i always, but always end up sewing something wrong on a conventional quilt pattern, i'm anticipating a lot of swearing at myself because i'm sure i'm going to get some men half one color and a leg or arm a different color. perseverence, swearing, chocolate, and probably a drink or two will get this done. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, AND THANK YOU.

  6. Paula, you're very welcome . . . as for coloring, here's a suggestion: I took a sheet of tiles and made a "color map," showing which pieces had to be which color (and whether it was a regular tile or mirrored) . . . then, I made multiples of each (I ended up with 29 different colorings of tiles) . . . then, I laid out the sewed squares, using the original drawing as a guide . . . I'm pulling for ya!!

  7. Three is the minimun. The many acres are there on your ranch?

  8. KEE-WRECK!! . . . (hands the Cowboy a kewpie doll)

    Say, aren't you related to the Kansas Kid??