Friday, September 30, 2011

Think about it Thursday

So I worked out the numbers for the SS Quilt, checked them, remembered to add borders and binding measurements and still came up short.  58" x 70"  is not enough to be a single bed size quilt like I was hoping for. I think I've been in denial.

I had a think about it and I've decided to make it bigger. Instead of a 4 x 5 layout it's now a 5 x 6 layout.  5 Dresden plates across by 6 plates down. Yep, 10 more and lots more hourglass blocks (darn, just when I thought I'd seen the last of them). Finished size about 70 x 83, still a little short but I'm going to pretend that doesn't matter.

10 More Dresdens and squares

So with a tiny bit of creative cutting - a couple of my wedges are a teeensy bit short - I managed to cut out another 10 plates worth of wedges and enough squares for the hourglass blocks. I've definitely made the most of each fat quarter. I did have a moment of panic though(jumping up and down swearing wildly) where I cut out the first plate squares without any seam allowance. But I took a big deep breath, measured and had just enough for the extra 10, with 2 inches to spare.  Phew!!

So you know what I've been doing this week. That's right, going slightly crazy spending lots of time with Ella. I'd really like to work on something else for a while but I'm being really strict and telling myself to focus and finish and stop being a wimp.

I know I keep going on about this quilt, it seems to be taking over my life, so next week I'm going to show you some other stuff that is waiting patiently for me to the finish the SS Quilt and show them some love.


Collette said...

I bet this quilt will be worth all the huge effort you are putting into it though! It always amazes me how attached I feel to a quilt before maybe I give it away to someone, but I think that is because of all the blood, sweat and tears we invest into them!

Lucy | Charm About You said...

Well done for all the hard work :) You'll get there! And it will be fabulous!