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Square Dance quilt WIP #4

As of 8/09/14, all but 3 of the blocks for Square Dance are in this photo. Each color strip is unique, which says a lot about my fabric stash (also: why so much orange? I have like 8 yards of different orange fabrics). You can see one of the reds and one of the purples has been cut already into quarters. Each block will be cut into quarters, the quarters will be swapped around with others in the same color family and then sewn back together into a cross shape instead of a square.

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As I post this (8/10) I've got 2/3 of the blocks cut and re-sewn. Will post again when it's complete. I'm thinking a blue binding, as blue is the biggest family here.

Orange - 4
Green - 6
Yellow - 3
Purple - 2
Black - 2
Pink - 4
Red - 4 (really amazed I didn't have more red)
Black - 2
Brown - 4 (1 not shown)
Gray - 2 (2 not shown)
Blue - 11

The most awkward one is the yellow, because there are only 3 blocks, which means I'll have to double up one of them when they're re-sewn. So, if anyone looking at this ever decides to do it: you need either 2 blocks, or 4 or more, of a given color family.

UPDATE: About 2 pm I ran out of steam, but by then I had cut and re-sewn all the blocks. Next up is trimming for evenness and then figuring out how to make them all fit... grouping them by color would be really pretty, but the blocks vary in size (due to the strips being different widths) and it might be better to match blocks by size instead.


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Aug. 11th, 2014 01:09 am (UTC)
You're making such good progress!
Aug. 11th, 2014 01:45 am (UTC)
Thanks! :) I wanted to at least trim the blocks today, but that just didn't happen. So next up is trimming the blocks and then trying another layout. We did try both ways - random and grouped by color - and the grouping looked lovely. But the squares were too differently sized - you know how big a difference even a half inch makes, and some of these are an inch. But I don't want to over-trim, either. So I'll trim to even squares and then see if I can make rows by size.

This weekend I resisted buying another quilting magazine, because I found one with another pattern I like. But then I got one in the mail and Mom gave me some old ones from cleaning out the storage, and gaaaaaah I found two more patterns I want to make. ;_; TOO MANY THINGS I WANT TO MAKE
Aug. 11th, 2014 03:04 am (UTC)
Dude, I collect patterns out of magazines. I have several huge 3" binders full of them. They are all patterns that I would like to make someday. So, I scoff at your 3 patterns! :)
Aug. 11th, 2014 03:06 am (UTC)
That doesn't count the SIX quilts in various stages of WIP I have going on. And the several Christmas presents in the "I need to get started on these" stage. :P
Aug. 11th, 2014 06:52 am (UTC)
I think... I currently have... eight WIPs?... Let me think: 1) sampler quilt 2) delft quilt 3) let sleeping cats lie quilt 4) cosmic kitties wall quilt 5) raven applique wall quilt 6) Mom's quilt 7) crying jags quilt 8) there's gonna be fireworks quilt 9)the Ghosts of Summerwind... OH! And 10) a practice rail fence quilt. And if you want to count the block-of-the-month quilt, that's 11.

From what I understand, all quilters do this. My former boss who's been running the block-of-the-month program for something like 9 years now told us during a meeting that she hasn't finished a single one of those 9 quilts yet.

Aug. 12th, 2014 03:05 pm (UTC)
Square Dance (trimming the squares for evenness today)
Scrap heap (might as well just put that together as-is)
d4p Galaxy/Gold (at least some blocks are in some stage of assembly)
Tropic Night (needs better name; all the colored bits are cut, need to cut black fabric next)

Kinda forgot about the autumn leaf quilt, but that's because I think I need some more experience first.

Xmas presents for people too, and I want to try more tote bags.

Oh, I remember, a modified log cabin using denim strips. The strips are all cut but I need a new machine before I can sew those.

Eventually, a T-shirt quilt; saving up T-shirts for that currently, since I now know I need 15-18 shirts per quilt, and if I use the kids' shirts, those are naturally smaller.

I know I had more but I can't remember them right now. >_> Oh yeah! One made with flannel scraps. I have a bunch of flannel that I don't know what to do with, so OF COURSE THAT IS A GOOD IDEA.

And oh crap, I just realized, I was supposed to start work on a twin bed quilt for my goddaughter, and all I have for a note is "pattern is picked out", not WHAT pattern. Gah! I guess I'd better look into that so I can get it done for Xmas.
Aug. 11th, 2014 06:53 am (UTC)
Oh, and by the way, I found a couple of quilt magazines that I bought extras of, so I'm gonna send them to you. :P
Aug. 12th, 2014 02:58 pm (UTC)
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