Monday, March 23, 2015

Stalled...on Design Wall Monday

So yesterday I mentioned I have been at loose ends the last few weeks and as a result I'm kinda stalled on my 4 patch quilt from APQ's Go 4 It QAL. Here's where I am...


I definitely like this arrangement with the 4 patches running diagonally. I'm good with this size... there will be nine 9" blocks in a row and 9 rows in total. I am  a bit more than half way there with these 5 rows. I am planning on adding a scrappy border around all 4 sides to have it finish somewhere in the area of 85  inches.

Now I know I dithered about the fact that some of my text fabrics were ending up sideways and upside down. My plan was to correct their improper orientation when I sewed the rows together... but then I thought about it ... and realized that was going to take a lot of  time to do... and since this will be a square quilt there isn't any definitive right way to put in on the bed. Sooooo if the text fabrics go in multiple directions some of them will always be facing right side up...genius - LOL!

Are you scratching your head? Wasn't I adamant that they had to be right side up? Yes, yes I was... and that was the OCD talking. And what is louder than OCD?  I'll tell you what is louder... LAZINESS!  I am just too lazy to take apart and re-sew blocks.  I know I'll love this quilt when it is finished, but right now it just needs to get done and off my design wall.

You can see how text fabrics and flowers with a definite up and down go in several different directions in this picture. They are going to stay that way.



On Saturday I had the time to finish making all the 4 patches I will need... there are about 200 little blocks in these trays.


By the time I got to the last couple of blocks in each colorway I was sewing whatever I could get my hands on. As long as the two brights were in the same color family I sewed them together. I couldn't bear to cut any more 2" squares and only I have a handful of squares left over. I sure hope my math is correct and this is all the 4 patches I need to make. I don't want this top to end up being a UFO, but my interest is waning fast.

I hope that whatever you are working on this week, makes you happy!

happy stitching-
carol fun

17 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love this project.

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  2. It's a scrap quilt so I can't see any reason the orientation matters! Nice and bright

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  3. Love your 4 ptchs! orientation aside, it looks fabulous!

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  4. Those four patch blocks really brightened my day, love them!!

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  5. It's going to be great! Does it really matter which way the text is oriented ... unless it's going to be hung on a wall, you can't know which way around the viewer will see it anyway, right?

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  6. One red four patch is sewn on in the wrong direction - I just love your work and I really don't want to sound 'critical' at all, I'm just saying it out loud just in case you'd be annoyed later on when you get your rows sewn up! You can see it in the second photo :)

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    1. Oh thanks for pointing it out... I totally missed it and yes it would have driven me nuts! You aren't being critical... on the contrary... very helpful!

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  7. Great project. I don't think the orientation matters. It is the brights against the low volume "whites" that you really see even if it is hung on a wall. It will matter to be consistent about being inconsistent so if you start fixing them, fix them all. Love it the way it is.

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  8. Love those bright four patches and agree with you on the fabrics with words.

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  9. So bright and cheery, great use of scraps!

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  10. Such a happy quilt! I love the bright colors!

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  11. What a gorgeous quilt! thanks for linking up to "Monday making"

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  12. That is a fun, bright quilt. I never seem to have enough BRIGHT colors when I want to do them. Think how excited you'll be when you finish sewing all the rows together. I sometimes retire a project when something else takes precedence. I'm doing much better at finishing UFOs although the list is LONG! I guess what I'm doing is controlling starts. Think how much fun you'll have to plan the borders.

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  13. About 4 months ago I came to the conclusion that I was never going to iron my scrubs for work again. It was hard (crazy, I know) but it was a great release. I was one of none that ironed her scrubs. More time for important things, like sewing.

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  14. Your blocks are so fun! I also decided not to worry about which direction the text prints were facing!

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