I could not have asked for nicer weather today, and just as it can sometimes seem that forces larger than myself are conspiring to stop a project from being completed (I am thinking of the bag that refuses-to-be-completed), other times it can seem that these same forces converge to get things done, and today was that sort of day.
Invariably as I near the end of a large project, I come to learn things that, had I known them when I started, would have made the project go much more quickly. The rub, however is this: the only way for me to learn is to start the project without the knowledge that I know I will gain.
Such is the case with my 2010 North Carolina State Fair project, an effort I have come to call simply “the behemoth.” What I learned today is that the quickest way for me to complete a row is to have already made 1 to 3 squares of each kind of square that I am including in the project.
Here are the squares I used in assembling row 26 sunning themselves on the railing of the deck and just generally looking festive:
Another view of the squares with their ends fluttering in the wind:
For whatever reason, once I had row 26 laid out, the rest of the work went very quickly today. There was no hesitation, no time consuming errors; I just joined one square to the next, pulled out my reference sheet to confirm their placement, attached row 26 to row 25 & wove in the ends, checked the reference sheet one last time, and then trimmed this ends. This is what I had when I was done:
Then, to get a sense of how it would look when finished, I laid out rows 1 through 21 right above rows 22 through 26:
Then, one last picture to show the detail:
After the sun had set, I made some more squares.
Now I am ready to get up and do it all over again.