|3" Sawtooth Star Sashing Post Block, Paper Pieced|
|1 1/2 hours of aggravation yields ONE 3" paper pieced star|
The thing is, once I got that star up on the design wall next to the 10 1/2" bear paw blocks, I just didn't love it like I thought I would. I think the scale is off, and the sawtooth star is just too small. Instead of enhancing the bear paw blocks, I feel like the tiny sawtooth star makes the bear paws look too oversized and clunky. See what I mean?
|10 1/2" Bear Paw Blocks with 3" Sawtooth Sashing Post Block|
The half square triangle units (HSTs) in the bear paw blocks are 1 1/2" square, and the HSTs in the sawtooth star block are only half that size, finishing at 3/4" square. That is just looking weird to me -- I feel like these blocks don't belong in the same quilt. Also, I can't really see enough of the gorgeous hand marbled fabric when the sawtooth star is so small.
I happened to have a 6" sawtooth star orphan block leftover from an "oops" on my Jingle BOM quilt, so I tossed that up on the wall just to see how that size would look with the bear paw blocks. In a 6" sawtooth star, the HST units are the same 1 1/2" as the ones in the bear paw blocks:
|Auditioning for Scale, 6" versus 3" Sawtooth Stars|
Ignoring the fabric, doesn't the size of the larger sawtooth block look a little better? Actually, this Goldilocks thinks that the 3" sawtooth star is too small, the 6" sawtooth star is too big, and perhaps a 4" sawtooth block will be just the right size. A 4" sawtooth star block would also have a ruler-friendly 1" grid. That's what I'll try next.
Meanwhile, I think it's time to start another pineapple log cabin block! Since it's Wednesday, I'm joining up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and WOW WIPs on Wednesday at Esther's blog. I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone else's Love Entwined quilts are coming along. Happy stitching, everyone!