* Observant readers will notice that the Delectable Mountains Block is not yet sewn, so expect another post about that soon.
So why do I say I am "in the weeds"? I am in the figural weeds because that's what the Barrister's Block looks like to me: the weedy tangle of leaves at the base of a dandelion plant. I chose this block because it looked complicated and spikey. I am in the figurative weeds, however, because I have tangled myself in my own silly, procrastinating, perfectionist brain. Problem 1 is that -- though the block is easy to sew, being comparable to the Bear Paw block-- it is boring. There are just too many Half-Square Triangles (HSTs), which I tire of trimming, and tire of sewing. Blah. Problem 2 is a Classic Karen Mental Roadblock™: I see the finish line in sight, and I don't want to finish, so I lose momentum and stall out. There's nothing worse than being almost done a project, even if there's nothing nicer than being done!
I don't know much about the history of the Barrister's Block. It was "published by the Ladies Art Company about 1890 and later called Lawyer's Puzzle by Ruth Finley", but it probably existed before then, as it's a pretty basic design similar to the Bear Paw block. The name is confusing to me... it doesn't look like anything reminiscent of lawyers/barristers, courtrooms, judges, the law, et cetera. So where did the name come from? Maybe it's just that it looks complicated, and people associated complication with the law?
Behold, a picture that shows how things go together!
I wish I could say something more fascinating, but the truth is that I didn't enjoy this block. It took me months to make seven blocks, and I'm glad it's done. Next up, Delectable Mountains!
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