Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Higher Math

Well, I went and did it - I started a new quilt tonight. If you were faced with a bin of 2" scrappy squares, what would YOU do???

(179 times four)

I've been pondering this quilt for a while... on and off since 2002 in fact... when I cut it out of the American Patchwork and Quilting magazine and stuck it in a binder.

(divide by two)

I wasn't ready for it then ... and after all the sewing I did tonight... I am not sure if I am ready for it now. :-)

The pattern is called "Confetti." I looked for it online to see if it had been sold separately from the magazine, but I could not find it. But try to picture four patches with rectangular white sashing and setting squares between them - got it???

To make the size described in the pattern - which is 81 x 92, I need 1079 2" squares. All different colors- no whites or creams, as those come into play in the sashing. I wasn't sure how many squares I had already cut out in my shoebox, since I have been trying to trim scraps as I generate them, so I decided to just start sewing... and figured if I ran out of scraps now, I am sure more will come along eventually, so this could be an ongoing project.

(subtract 470)

It may not be as ongoing as I thought/feared. As of right now, I have 470 of 716 squares sewn into pairs. 235 of 358 pairs. In one evening. In one sitting.

Brights, darks, pastels, holiday, novelty -you name it, it's in there. Pulled a pair and sewed them together - whatever I grab, that's how it goes.

And the shoebox looks nearly as full as when I started!!!

And I am over halfway there!!!

Oh my! What have I started?!??!? And can I get TWO of these out of this stash?!?!? LOL. That I don't think I am going to try to find out...

Oh - and in case you are wondering why 716 and not 1076 in the pairs? The remainder go in the setting squares and the pieced border.

(Ow - my brain hurts)

5 comments:

Barb said...

sheesh.....better you than me....

I do have to do that too with some of my quilts but it is so hard to think of it when someone else is running through the numbers....and even then...on my own....I miscalculate....so I say.....goooooo for it.....and can't wait to see you get started.

jillquilts said...

That is too funny!!! I knew that you would finish it last night! lol

Gina said...

Best of luck. If you do need any more squares just yell

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Kelly's Kwips said...

Sounds like fun! Can't wait to see a picture.

Shellie said...

That is so funny... My brain hurts just following you. I have seen a pattern called confetti. I will see if I can find it and if it is the same.
Best of luck...you're on a roll.