To speak of reckoning in 2007 is to use an almost obsolete form of a word indicating action of gathering up, counting or tallying. It means "to measure", to judge, to weigh as in a decision. A big aspect of working with oprphan blocks is the 'reckoning'. Do you have enough? As with many things, you can't do much without "enough". Can't furnish a home or school, can't make much of a meal...you can eat, but a meal requires there be somewhere close to 'enough'. And so it would have been with the orphans of the Children's Aid Societies back in the 1800's. You couldn't send a train westward without a full 'load' of children for placement. There was expense involved in transporting these children. The Aid Societies were dependent on private financial donations. I also take donations....*VBS* As I began to work with the orphans I currently have, I'm lucky to have a lovely box full of "parts, bits and orphans galore" from San at Gypsy Quilter . I will add it to our sidebar. She's got a really great quilt posted called Kitchen Sink #1. I love it! Do stop over and say "hi and welcome to blogland"...*VBS* San was onboard early with her Tote Bag quilt...look for it under her name on the Volunteers list. It will link you to the post I made about her quilt. The leftovers from the Tote Bag Quilt are in my box from San...fun!!
I think each of us approaches working with odd sized blocks differently. There are only so many ways it can be done. I tend to be a 'puzzle maker' type. I sew two 'parts' together, and then add something else. I DON'T lay the blocks out and decide where they go...LOL Probably would be better if I did that!! Jack the Ripper is always close at hand to help me..*VBS*