Is there a method by which you piece? On almost all my projects, I am very regimented with the way I piece and it works well for me. Very rarely do I deviate from this method. I start by cutting all the Fabric 1 squares and putting them in a pile. I cut all the Fabric 2 squares and triangles .. and so on. I make all the half square triangles and all the flying geese and I put together components that go together to put together the entire block.
It’s been so long since I began the blue/yellow/red quilt, I don’t know if I had a plan and it got lost along the way or if I never had a plan. Do you want to know how many times I stopped and cut more 2-1/2″ blue squares because I ran out . . and because I didn’t know how many more I needed, I would cut a few, then later have to stop and cut more.
Same thing with flying geese. Good grief .. each block has 12 flying geese and there are 12 blocks — 144 flying geese. I’ve made more and it was a piece of cake. I thought I would give up on this project when I realized I needed 36 more flying geese. No! Not one more!!
Tuesday morning I told myself . . no knitting til all the flying geese are done! I sat down to sew . . my heart wasn’t in it . . I wanted to knit. After 5 minutes of sewing, I figured out an excuse to get out of the sewing room. Yesterday . . I said to myself . . because you didn’t do what you needed to do yesterday (flying geese), you now have to make all the blocks before you can leave the sewing room!
And what’s up with the photo being turned wrong? If I edit the photos on the desktop, they don’t stay turned. If I edit them on the notebook, they stay turned! Same editing program . . same picture . . makes no sense.
Anyway, the blocks are done. The borders are done. Today, if I get any sewing time, I will sash the blocks and hopefully get enough sewing done to at least get the first couple of borders on.
I love the way this quilt will look with the pieced borders but I’m so ready to be done with it.
I’m so glad to hear that someone else sometimes gets to a point where she’s “done” with that. I thought for a moment it was just me? It’s crazy how I get so excited about a quilt, then at a certain point it peters out!! Great work! Thanks.
Becky in KCMO says
Isn’t it funny the “deals” we make with ourselves??
Freda Henderson says
Judy, I’m one that is too excited to get sewing that I just cut enough for several units then cut some more. Should I not like the quilt if I cut the whole thing then I am stuck with all the cut pieces, and I have been in that position.
With EQ, I’m pretty sure I’m going to like the quilt before I start. I can’t remember starting one and stopping because I didn’t like it. You know what will happen now that I’ve said that! 🙁
I think I have all the blocks to a Dresden Plate cut out and stored somewhere where I wouldn’t forget where it was. You know how that goes. I’m pretty sure it’s in the bedroom closet, along with a million other things, includint my yarn stash. I really should dig that out and start working on it again. Maybe just get one block sewn together. Then I could at least call it a UFO. At this point it’s just a pile of scraps that I hope are still in one pile and not scattered all over the closet. 🙁