Friday, June 28, 2013

168 Squares

When I was slicing and dicing scraps into 2.5" squares I thought to myself, "Self, you've cut so abundantly that you're going to have to make a journal cover in this colorway too."

168 squares

168 squares later, my patchwork fabric is enough for just the chair back.  Self retorts, "I guess it's back to the cutting board for you!"

Oh, we sound more dysfunctional that we are, I assure you. 

Well, I will have a recovered chair by Monday.  I do declare.  Also, turns out my circular needle does have a purpose in life.  Hurrah!  More details then.

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For today, I'm stopping by at Mr. Random's to select a winner of the Penny Sampler spot.  The magic number is comment #15.  That's Beth, who said, "Oh, Rachel--yesterday I thought about how much I would like to make your Wheel pattern. Today I bought it! I will think of you and your family as I make it, sending warm wishes your way." 

Thank-you, Beth!  And thanks to all of you again so much from my heart for helping us liquidate stock at Euphoria Maternity and Euphoria Baby whether by purchasing patterns or shopping direct.  We were so blessed by your orders!  It's satisfying to see good stuff that has been sitting on the shelves get off and out in the world to be used.  If there's anyone I'd like to send a deal to, it's you. Because you're awesome!  So thanks for making a difference.  You put the "sweet" in the bittersweet  of shutting down (ha! so corny, but it's true) by being a part of Stitched in Color, whether you purchased or not.

Have a wonderful weekend! 


12 comments:

  1. It's gorgious. I just made my first patchwork blanket and found it quite hard.
    Esther.

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  2. It's lovely! What are the keys to matching up patchwork? Yours always looks so good! Is it precise cutting? Pressing seams to one side and then nesting them? Pinning really well? I had a hard time with this with the medallion quilt patchwork border - most of it came out ok, but there were few areas where the seams didn't match up just right. Thanks in advance for any guidance.

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    1. With this patchwork I only used pins when sewing together 12-square long rows. When sewing block pairs to other pairs, I just lined up the seam allowances and held onto that part until it was about in the machine. I press all my seams open, which seems simple to me and creates nice flat patchwork. So.... to answer your question, I think the key to matched seems is having an accurate seam allowance when you sew. I prefer not to use a 1/4" foot. I like to eyeball my foot. I pay close attention to the foot and the 1/4" seam at all times when I sew.

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  3. How was the method make pair, add two you talked about? I don't really see that incorporated but it looks good anyway :-)

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    1. I did mostly match up like colors when making pairs of squares. And then when I laid out pairs (which I did intentionally) I also chose to create color groupings. So, I see clusters of red, small clusters of yellow or low value... It's subtle, but it's different for me and I like it!

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  4. It looks great. I can't wait to see it on the chair :)

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  5. Just wondering - what's a circular needle please??

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  6. Love your patchwork, Rachel! The colours are sweet! I am working on a patchwork using the same size squares right now....

    Lorna:)
    http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.com

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  7. This happens to me every time! When I did my last little squares quilt, I thought I'd cut enough for a sinlge bed! Ha! This patchwork is definitely reminding me of watermelon. Delicious!

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  8. So delicious looking, just like watermelon (as Jodi points out)!

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  9. Oh my word. I've had a week that mixed the disheartening with the gratifying in a dizzying way, so that I could hardly decide what kind of week I was having or world I was living in. I think this has tipped the scales--what else can I feel but grateful for such a lovely opportunity? Many, many thanks, Rachel.

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