I came across some 3" squares in one of my scrap bins, so I chopped them into quarters. Each block yielded four 1 1/2" blocks with no waste. How handy and timely!
I did the math over lunch today, and according to my calculations I will need 1200 pieced 4 patches for a queen size quilt. I have to admit that I was actually a little disappointed that it wasn't a higher number. Maybe it's time to seek professional help? Ha! Anyway, that means that I'm about 25% done piecing the 4 patches. That's pretty encouraging!
Oh goodie, I'm working on a "lost in the crowd" quilt too and you just made it so much easier for me by doing the maths. Thank you
eeek the comments above (3 of them) are creeeepy
I like your fabric choices for this very large quilt. It looks easy and fun though
Weird comments! Did anyone translate for you?
I am thinking your quilt will take "a long time" also. I worked on 9-patches as leader and enders...I needed 290 and it too me 2 years. Knowing you, you will get in finished in record time though. I am enjoying your WIP week!
Enjoy your 4-Patch Party!! Personally, I'm loving the little fussy cut squares.
Looking at your four patches was like looking at mine. I decided to do my own postage stamp quilt (but I'm repeating prints as the whole point is to USE the scraps!). I'm doing a 126" x 126", which calculates out to 15876 patches, or approx 4000 four patches (allowing for a few that won't 'fit' aesthetically). I'm now at a bit over 2200 four patches. Totally enjoying it, too. The really sad part? I don't see any difference in my stash of scraps. Yes, I have an over 40 year stash, but still..... Deb E / Oregon firstname.lastname@example.org
I am making this quilt too thanks to your blog! I figure it is going to take years since I am only sewing on it as leaders and enders. Can't wait to see yours finished! Thanks for doing the math! I haven't decided on the size yet, still have plenty of time!!!
You need 1200 4-patches? I think you have title your blog correctly! LOL If I am doing the math correctly, then you will have 4,800 little squares in that quilt! Whew! I am looking forward to seeing the finish. Maybe it will be in your next book? I can't see myself working with things that tiny. Not so far, anyway! LOL
Some days, I think we all might need a little professional help! Love where you’re going with this. I missed the original post so thanks for the link back. This is a great 'use your scraps as you generate them' project, my focus for 2018.
Are you going to use any sashing? Is it blocks only...Crazy, but I have started cutting 1 1/2" squares as well but not sure what / how I will put them together...
Impressed with your progress! I bet it was fun to add on those Heather Ross scraps.
That is a lot of 4 patches!!! So awesome!!!
I think you are doing well to have so many 4 patches made and you just began this not that long ago. Are you going to have a solid square in between your 4 patches, like Jean's quilt?
I was inspired by your "Biased" quilt and made up 35 blocks from phone page foundations to make a charity quilt. I used about half of a bag of strips I'd gleaned from my stash a bunch of years ago. That bag has been hauled to several retreats and has been living under my ironing board. The first 12 blocks I didn't backstitch at both ends of the seam. I did not have any problems with the stitches pulling out when I took off the paper. Whew! I did use a size 14 needle and a length of 1.5 for the stitches. The paper was easier to remove than paper bought for paper piecing.
A question for you and your scraps. Do you always cut up your fabric into squares or strips when done with a project? How do you know what size to cut them into?
The quilt is amazing! You certainly have a project ahead of you, but I think it will be so worth your effort! I'm not quite that ambitious!!!
Oh dear, I think I am going to be sorry I read this post today. I really really struggle with the scrap bins slowly easing their way out of the closet and into my space!
hello: a question: do you iron the blocks with the seam open or to the side? regards
I believe I'm looking at my future project. Always inspiring to see your blog.
HAHAHA! Darn dog! I love dogs! Anyway, 305 (!!!!!) blocks complete, only 900 more to go. Holy moly. Those fabrics all look SO fun and definitely sew worthy. Enjoy!
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