Monday, February 9, 2015

"Go Four It" on Design Wall Monday

Well, last week I was totally into working on my newest project from the APQ "Go Four It" QAL. You can read about it here. After getting my April copy of American Patchwork and Quilting and looking over the instructions I came up with my own version. Instead of the 6" finished blocks they called for, I'm doing 9" finished blocks. This will still give me a nice double/queen sized quilt with waaaay less blocks - theirs calls for 162, my take only needs 85. And with that said there was still a ginormous amount of fabric to cut! I spent at least 3 afternoons, several hours each time, in my sewing room doing nothing but cutting cutting cutting.

Here's what I have to show for my efforts. I think I've cut a little more than I need, but not much.


Since I want my version to be very very very scrappy I'm piecing the 4 patch blocks individually instead of sewing from strips. Those trays are take out containers from Bravo's Italian Grill... their Chicken Milanese is excellent! These are a nice way to corral all my squares and I can stack them and easily move them from place to place.

So once I finally felt I had a handle on the cutting I started making 4 patch blocks. Some are very  color coordinated...


Some are a bit more mixed up...


I have modern prints, typographic prints, novelty prints and even some 30's prints...



I'm very happy with the eclectic mix of fabrics and my goal is not to pair the same two fabrics twice. Yes, this is probably unrealistic with my quilty ADHD paired with my quilty OCD, but I'm going to try.

Now my favorite 4 patch so far is this one! Too stinking cute!



And here are the 75 or so 4 patches I've made so far. This is less than 25% of what I will need. This is gonna take  a while- LOL!


I slapped some of these up on my design wall to get a feel for this top and so far so good.


It is very very very scrappy. A comment last week said it looked "crisp and cheery", and that's what I'm going for! In my mind (which is a very cluttered place, dontcha know) I envision a vintage-y quilt, soft and crinkly with lots of things for you to look at while you lounge in bed. Wish me luck!

happy stitching-
carol fun

20 comments:

  1. Love it! Your 4-patches are wonderful. This is going to be a great quilt.

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  2. Love it. Such bright and cheerful colors.

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  3. Looking good! In honor of your favorite block you should name it Hearts and Gizzards.

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  4. Crisp and cheery is a good description. I like your system of boxes for them too.

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    1. Thanks Cindy -- the more fabrics, the better I like it!

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  6. Such a happy quilt. Good choices on all your colors.

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  7. Lounge in bed? What's that like?
    You've made some great choices. It'll be a very cheery quilt.
    Hugs

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  8. This is going to be such a fun quilt. It sort of reminds me of one Grandma Maude made for my step Mom. She used patches from all her sewing for years.

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  9. It looks great. I think cutting is my least favorite part of quilting but once it's done, it's pure enjoyment from then on. The bright and cheerful 4 patches are a delight to look at.

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  10. Looks lovely! I can't even begin to imagine how many hours of cutting this project will take...

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  11. This quilt is so fun! Love the colors you've chose and the scrapiness is just perfect. Can't wait to see it finished!

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  12. It's really looking great so far! Am you're organisation is very impressive! very good recycling of the containers :)

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    1. Thanks ES -- the containers are great for this project- not real deep - I think perhaps we should do carryout again soon from Bravo's - LOL

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  13. It's going to be gorgeous! Love all that color.

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  14. What an explosion of color. Look forward to the finished quilt!!!

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  15. Love this quilt and have started on it too. How smart you are to resize it. Now I might have to make another one. Love your fabrics.

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