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« on: May 29, 2008 06:22:50 AM »

Im going to start digging through my fabrics and cutting squares.  I have a few questions that hopefully someone can help me with.
- What is the usual size of the cut unsewn squares? I have seen many ideas but what is usually the standard?
-Are repeats a big no-no or are they ok as long as they can be spread out well?
-Is it better to collect forever and wait to start sewing or just sew as you get fabrics and cut your squares? I think it might be neat to sew as you go cause over time you might see changes in your taste in fabrics etc.
Any advice would be helpful. Thanks! Amy
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2008 01:49:41 PM »

I have heard of different sizes, but on Craftster, the consensus seems to be 1.5 x 1.5 inches for the starting squares which will end up being 1x1 inch after sewing them.  As far as repeats and sewing as you go, you will have to decide that for yourself.  Some people gather lots of squares then make a pattern.  Some people do a totally random design which would lend itself to sewing whenever you wanted.  There have been some postage stamp square swaps you might want to check out for some more links to pictures and what other people's ideas are/have been.  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=229549.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=232226.0

Here is a link to Katxena's postage stamp quilt work in progress too.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=206989.0

I am collecting squares, but am not going to start sewing them for a while because I think I want a more organized design.  Hopefully some of this helps.  Keep us updated on your progress! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2008 03:37:14 PM »

I am collecting squares, but am not going to start sewing them for a while because I think I want a more organized design.  Hopefully some of this helps.  Keep us updated on your progress! Smiley

Here's a design I used a few years ago to make a pair of postage stamp quilts.  This was a clipping sent to Quilter's Newsletter in 1974 of a challenge design published in 1865.

 

Here's a link to the finished quilts.  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=227591
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2008 05:45:56 PM »

that is one heck of a design!
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2008 06:36:06 PM »

Indeed it is -- it only took me 30 years to get up the nerve to make it!

I found out that if you break it down into sections it's not as bad as it looks. 

Best of all, you can make any size quilt you want by adjusting the size of the base square.  I did a throw by using a 3/4 inch base and a queen based on a 1-1/2 inch square.
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2008 07:05:28 PM »

you need to post of pic of your finished quilt!
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JeanC
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2008 05:14:45 AM »

you need to post of pic of your finished quilt!

I did.  It's at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=227591
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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2008 09:18:40 AM »

the EASIEST way i've found to make a postage stamp or pixel quilt, and it adds a fair bit of cost to the quilt, is to buy pre-marked fusible backing at 1" and 2" intervals. Makes it SO MUCH EASIER - just lay the fabric out as you want, iron, then fold along the lines and sew. Always straight lines, no muss, no fuss. (But it tends to be about 4.99 a yard cdn for the backing, so you might want to pick it up on sale.) I've done a couple pixel / postage stamp quilts this way, and am about to do another.
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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2008 08:03:53 AM »

I am collecting my fabric now for a postage stamp quilt. I have a tub that I put all of my cut squares into. I figure one day I will have enough to do a queen sized quilt for my bed.
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2008 08:46:00 PM »

I am a proponent of sew as you go and I am using the fusible interfacing that is gridded.  I buy mine at Joannies with a 40%off coupon.  I believe that it is 3.99 normally.  Here is a tutorial on the last postage stamp board that I made explaining how to use the gridded stuff.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=232226.msg2596304#msg2596304
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