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31  Re: Is this going to be ridiculously difficult? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by KatherineEmma on: June 01, 2007 10:19:00 PM
Some progress pictures.

I gave up on the strip piecing idea pretty quickly and have just been soldiering through the set in seams. I said it was going to be a riot of colour - I think a shotgun blast of colour, direct to the midsection, would have been more accurate.

I've been using nothing but scraps left over from other projects, after experiencing some weird cosmic guilt in Hobby Lobby. People were waxing $16 on crappy plasticy looking pre cut tiles for a mosaic and it suddenly seemed so retarded. Surely half the fun of making a mosaic is smashing up your old tiles, or old plates or whatever, crafting something cool out of stuff that would normally be consigned to the bin. I figure half the point of making a quilt is to use up your crappy little leftovers, not buying up convenient colour coordinated fat quarters at $1.49 a pop, so it's turning out pretty random.

Here's a few blocks pieced together already and a few other large single blocks.









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32  Re: Is this going to be ridiculously difficult? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by KatherineEmma on: May 01, 2007 10:26:06 PM
Aha! The grid idea is a great one. Thank you. Rather than do it in fiddly little tiny strips, I'm thinking of cutting it down into 3 x 3 squares in strips, like so: (my pink pen lines are a little faint, you might have to squint  Wink )



(I also redrew the design so there were no incomplete squares hanging off the edges)

I have this nagging feeling that I'm making this a lot more complicated than it needs to be  Undecided

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33  Is this going to be ridiculously difficult? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by KatherineEmma on: May 01, 2007 04:04:16 PM
Whilst pootling around on the web the other day, I saw an awesome quilt made up of stripey squares (yes, that's a technical term  Tongue) of various sizes and I really want to have a go at one.

Here's a scan of my notebook to give you an idea of what I'm going for



I guess the individual squares would have to be put together log cabin style with two shorts and two longs for each coloured square within the big square (unless anyone knows a better way?) but I reckon the tricky part is going to be bringing it all together, due to the clumpy formation. I'll be able to sew some parts in strips but at a certain point there are going to be some nasty seams to do.

Has anyone ever made a quilt like this? Is it going to be a total nightmare? Any advice or opinions before I dive in would be great.
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34  First Attempt - Top Done but Now I Have to Quilt the Little Bugger in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by KatherineEmma on: April 26, 2007 10:20:39 PM
This was supposed to get rid of all the fat quarters I had sitting around and function as a practice piece to have a go at making a quilt.

I didn't pay enough attention so my triangles are in two different rotations, making two different types of square, which is pretty sloppy. Also the colours are a little eurgh. Should have planned ahead on both of those.

I'm chuffed that most of it lines up decently but my god was it labour intensive. I seemed to spend an hour pinning for every minute of sewing. I hate pinning  Angry



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