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July 20th, 2015 at 10:01 am

Blue is in the house!!!

Well, I’ve got my first month’s color challenge complete!  When I was cutting up the blue, I thought that I had a lot of fabric cut up, but I just kept cutting. Then I thought I didn’t have very much cut up, so I kept cutting. Man oh man did I have a lot of fabric cut up…

Lots of BlueAs I was assembling this quilt top, it just kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger. I was planning/hoping for a square picnic quilt, ended up with a compete twin size quilt. In fact, I laid it out on my king size bed to try to get a picture of it and it covered the whole top of it – complete!  OMG – it’s huge. No wonder I’m exhausted from pulling and pushing that thing around my little sewing table.

So I can’t get a picture of the full thing until I can find somewhere to hang it up high enough that it’s not on the ground.  But here is a picture of 1/4 of it.

I did put it together wrong – twice. I was able to pull it apart the first time, but the second time I had all the blocks put together and I just wasn’t pulling about 18 blocks. I don’t thing it turned out too bad. Not exactly what the pattern called for but, that’s what personalization is all about.

Here is what I did:

  • Pulled out the bin of blue fabric.
  • Ironed all the pieces up
  • I thought I had mostly fat quarters, but it turns out I had more full yard or larger pieces.
  • Found the “Lattice pattern” in the Fat Quarter Style.
  • Cut 9″ squares out of all fabric.
  • Cut 2 – 2 1/2″ strips as well (I was planning on using these pieces for another project I have on my mind)
  • I had 2 Honey Buns of white – so I was set there.
  • Cut the 9″ square in half diagonally
  • Attached white strips to the triangles
  • Attached other side of triangle to white strip
  • squared up to 8 1/2″ squares
  • I started connecting these blocks together to make 8 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ rectangles – this is where I made my big mistake – I connected the wrong sides, and that just starts the rest off on the wrong foot.
  • Connected the large rectangles to make 16 1/2″ blocks. Then I found out that I had 18 blocks. 3×4 needs 12, 4×5 needs 20. So I had a few extra squares so I did 2 more sets up ( 8 squares ) to make up a complete set of 20 16 1/2″ blocks.  This is when I noticed it was getting sort of big.
  • Attached all the white between blocks
  • connected the blocks into rows.
  • connected the rows into one large top.
  • Outlined in with the white 2 1/2″ fabric
  • Here I was stuck – do I add something more or leave it end with the white. A light bulb went on – I have all those 2 1/2″ strips – why not make a boarder out of that – so I did.
  • Add 2 rows of strips for the outside boarder.
  • TAH DAH  – the top is completed!

The scary thing is I sort of came up with the design that I want to quilt this with….that’s a project for another year – maybe 2016 will be the year of finishing these things – I think I am up to 20 unfinished quilt tops by now!!!

On to the next on!!!

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