Thursday, September 2, 2010

Quilt-Along Craziness


 You may already know what all of these tiny, little 2" squares mean:
  • Craziness
  • A sore wrist from way too much time with the rotary cutter
  • A lot of work still left to do and not even close to actually beginning anything
I decided to join in on Oh Fransson's Toyko Subway Quilt-Along.  This is my first quilt-along I have ever attempted.  Of course, I choose the one that requires me to cut up 1600 tiny squares.

Seriously, what was I thinking?  I started cutting squares two days ago and have spent the majority of my free time doing so since.  I still have so many to cut.  I almost gave up at least three times. 

Then I finally decided I was really committed, so I copied her pattern into Excel to more easily change some of the color lines to better match what I have in my stash.  I had to recount how many blocks I would need for my changes and couldn't really do that with the pattern sketch she had posted.  Then I decided that a 60" x 60" quilt of 2" squares wasn't enough torture so I decided to design an additional row of blocks making the quilt 60" x 72".  I'm just not a huge fan of square quilts, and 60" isn't long enough to really wrap up in.  I have too many smaller quilts already.  I loved her subway design back when she did it as a wall hanging and was really happy to see she was doing it as a quilt.  I'm excited/terrified to get started on this.  She posted the first block last night so I'm already behind.  I still have to cut bright blue, gray, black, white, pink, brown, and navy. I also need to pick up some Eggplant Kona for my purple line and maybe a few more grays.  I have a feeling I won't be keeping up on this quilt-along.

I should be working on quilts for Christmas presents.  Instead, I'm just adding another one to the WIP pile.  But really, aren't all these tiny squares so dang cute?

9 comments:

  1. Impressive! Good luck. I'm not brave enough for that quilt-along, but I think the finished quilt will look amazing!

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  2. Yes, those little squares do look super cute!

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  3. I love seeing fabric stacked or folded and lined up so nicely. It's such a weird thing to enjoy, but you know, just part of being a fabric addict...

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  4. Yikes. I signed up for that quilt along too! I have yet to start cutting although I did walk into my sewing room today, looked around threw up my arms and walked back out. Maybe tomorrow I will spend some quality time in there mucking through the scraps and actually figuring out where I can start! Yikes!

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  5. I can't wait to see this quilt. By the way, I don't know if it is possible, but I would love to see out you use Excel to design your quilts.

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  6. Wow, you should get a medal for bravery. I looked at that quilt and thought, "I'll just watch" !!

    Now I get to see your progress and Oh Fransson's :)

    1600 squares.... yep, definitely a medal!

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  7. Definitely crazy! But I'm sure the effort will be well worth it. I'll enjoy watching you play with all your itty-bitty squares while I continue to be challenged by 5" ones!

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  8. I just joined a quilt along too but mine doesn't have near the amount of squares. I look forward to seeing your quilt when it is done. I love the colors you are working with!

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  9. Good luck with all those tiny squares, it will look great finished though!

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