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Topic: Postage Stamp WIP (new pic added Jan 14!)  (Read 30089 times)
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« on: November 08, 2007 07:13:14 PM »

This is the first completed block of a postage stamp quilt I am making for myself.  The block is 12x12 inches, and is made of 144 1-inch (finished size) squares.

I fussy cut several of the squares (look for the the salt & pepper shakers, the spirals and circles that are perfectly centered, a fishy, a wrapped gift, flowers, etc.). I love fussy cutting!

The back is crazy and haphazard -- I'm not really paying attention to what direction the seams are facing.  But I am matching and pinning each seam before sewing.

Also, you might notice that I'm actually using a lot of wrong sides on the front.  That's because I didn't end up with very might light colored fabrics.  By flipping over some of my mediums and darks, I'm able to create more contrast without rushing out to buy more fabric!

I plan to make 20 of these blocks, sew them together, and add a border.  It will be made of 2,880 tiny squares when I'm done.  I've been collecting fabrics for this quilt for over a year.  Several crafster members have contributed fabric as gifts or in swaps (personal and organized).  I also got fabric from friends (of mine and my mom's), yard sales and eBay (I bought a 14-pound box of scraps on eBay).  I've even bought a few fat quarters and fat eighths just for this project.  I've lost track of how many different fabrics I have collected, but my best guess is around 500.
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2007 07:15:58 PM »

i love this idea!! i can't wait to see more blocks and the finished product...please keep us updated!!
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2007 07:32:22 PM »

Holy crap.  Your patience amazes me.

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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2007 07:48:21 PM »

Oh wow, that's awesome!  I can't wait to see the finished project!!

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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2007 08:03:57 PM »

Very ambitious! Can't wait to see the finished project Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2007 08:08:39 PM »

Lovely! I like how you're using the backs of fabrics to create lighter tones.
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2007 08:48:02 PM »

Wow, your quilt is going to be amazing! Smiley
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2007 09:22:58 PM »

Wow! So impressive! Your seams are so straight!!
I just saw a completed quilt in the same style at a recent quilt show in Santa Monica.  The effect when the quilt is finished, is breathtaking.  I wanted to stand really really close to examine all the different fabrics.  But then step back to marvel at the overall effect of the tiny squares.  Please keep posting progress!!
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2007 10:26:44 PM »

i agree with everyone else!
this looks amazing, and i cant wait to see more Cheesy

seeing this i'd like to do one of the same.
(i have so much fabric, its ridiculous)
maybe i'll get insipired over the holiday seasons Tongue

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« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2007 01:25:39 AM »

Thanks so much!  Several people who've seen this in real life have asked why I didn't create some sort of pattern with the squares (at the very least, I could have alternated lights and darks).  The answer is 'cause I didn't want to!  I'm trying to be more brave about using patterns and colors, and I thought this project might help me -- maybe just seeing patterns next to each other (that I would never purposely put next to each other) will teach me something.
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