I put the e-pattern for sale on my website, and have received images of quilts made from it, including this one by a wonderful quilter named Wayne:
Very gratifying! Designing such a complex quilt meant lots of experimenting and discards. I wound up with a stack of leftovers, including these:
Here's a closer look at the aleph (first letter of the Hebrew alphabet), front:
And the back, with most of the paper pattern still in place,
Ouch! But even things as sad as this, I am very bad at throwing away. So I stuffed the orphaned blocks in a file, where they sat for about six years, until this week, when I decided to participate in a Hanukah boutique at a local temple (If you're in Southern California tomorrow, stop by and say hello. I won't be the only stitcher there. It's at Temple Beth David in Temple City on Sunday, November 23, 2014, from 9:00 to 12:30).
I took two orphan hamsa blocks that were not fails, added borders, quilted them, put on a hanging loop or sleeve (respectively), and voila!
They're quilted with gold metalic thread, and are about 10" square.
The dilemma with any quilter selling her/his work, of course, is pricing. Though small, each of these hamsas that I made so long ago has about a zillion pieces. Here's what the pattern looks like:
OK, not a zillion, but that's 22 pieces. The aleph above has 19 pieces!
How would you price something like this? Would anyone actually pay an amount that reflects the time investment? Or should I just be grateful to get them out of my files? The other problem is that I love the results so much I'm not sure I can sell them! Argh! The eternal quilter's dilemma! Comments welcomed!
(If you're interested in making your own, the epattern is here.)