I'm glad this one is done! A-10, "Which Points West?" was a puzzler to me. I studied the published hints on this one and they did not appeal to me at all. I just couldn't see myself piecing this block.
The points are so sharp they're practically begging to be reverse appliqued, but there's a problem with that since I hate doing reverse applique! Now, it's been years since my last attempt, so I decided to give it a try with the melon. This way I could see if it was as bad as I remembered. At the very worst it would keep the muslin intact for the whole block, and prevent any shadows from having white over purple.
It was awful. It wasn't fun and it wasn't pretty. No way was I going to do that four more times. One melon of reverse applique was more than enough. Back to my favorite: prepared applique. OK, so the points ended up being more like nubs, and I managed to lose all the curvature that is supposed to be at the base of the triangles. In fact, each point is wonky in its own "special" way, but it's finished. And finished is better than perfect!
Once again I think I've talked myself out of ever making one of those gorgeous Hawaiian quilts.