May 28, 2013

Angela~ Nicholas is Waiting, New Project Planned

I did not have a frame the correct size for St Nicholas so I went out on Saturday to the thrift stores.  All but one were closed and the one that was open had nothing the right size.  Being cheap, errmm... frugal, I opted to wait until next Saturday to go look for a frame.  

However I have been working on a design for a new project even though I won't start it until my UFOs are done.
This is a graph I colored for a Trip Around the World quilt.  My Nana called them postage stamp quilts.  My squares will be 2" after seams so they will be a bit bigger than a postage stamp.  

My goal is to use all different fabrics except for the white squares I want to be beige.  3 color values, medium/light-dark-beige.  I planned it with the cross shape in the center to be different. 

I've already purchased some civil war and 1930's fabric squares as I wanted that old time feel, like someone saved a square from every piece of clothing from several generations.  The design shows solid color squares but all the fabric will be prints except for the beige.

I'm planning an approximate 6" border but have no idea what kind to do.  Please give me your opinions on that.  Could be solid strips, could be more squares set off by a strip between the body and border, lots of options.

For quilting I planned to do a simple X pattern through the squares...unless someone has a better idea?

15 comments:

Debra Spincic said...

I have a nice bag full of scraps & precut squares for you!

I would wait on the border until you are much, much, much closer. If you are making this one individual square at a time, it's going to take a long time.

When you get ready to quilt it, I can put it on my machine and baste it for you. Works like a dream and no getting down on the floor (and never getting back up--oh wait, that's me!).

Suztats said...

That's quite the project you have planned, Angela. It will be beautiful, though a lot of work. I won a free quilt course, and #250.00 later, ended up with a bag of ripped scraps....but that was my fault. I wasn't prepared for all the precision required with the watercolour quilt lesson. Oh, well, lesson learned.......

ladyhawthorne said...

Oooh the bag of fabric sounds great as does the basting. I tried basting once and then forever opted to safety pin the layers. Trust me, if I got down on the floor I would never get back up. A couple years ago I tripped over a tree root (sprained ankle and pulled tendon) and sat in the yard in the rain for 45 minutes until Charles woke up looking for me.

It's definitely one square at a time, I want every one different! I may hate that decision later.

Debra Spincic said...

I understand the 1 square at a time but I would be more inclined to have multiples. With such a small square, you could find various places on some of the fabric that looked different.

It's going to be an undertaking, I'll grant you that one!

Cyra said...

It's gorgeous. I could 'see' that big cross in the center even before you mentioned that you would be doing it a bit different than the rest. I'm glad you made that decision.
Plenty of time yet to think about how you'd like the border to be. As Debra said, wait till you are a bit further on with the quilt so that you can see what colours are needed to enhance it.
Will you be hand stitching all the squares? Very therapeutic if you do.

ladyhawthorne said...

I never do seem drawn to the easy stuff.

ladyhawthorne said...

I think I'll be machine stitching the squares together, I hand stitched the hexie flower garden and I remember what a pain that was not to mention the years it took to finish it, thanks to Debra it actually got quilted. It's the hand quilting I want to work on during the winter, I thoroughly enjoyed re-doing the quilt Grandma made for me.

ladyhawthorne said...

I'm choosing small patterns so I'm not sure there would be different areas on any one piece of fabric. So far I've got lots of florals and leafy prints, a few dots and stripes. I think I need some plaids too.

Debra Spincic said...

This winter?

Debra Spincic said...

I just collected a stack of pieces from what I had downstairs. You can go through them & see what you want to use. I could look in the attic for more--I may have some beiges.

ladyhawthorne said...

That's the plan. Most of the rest of this year I will work on UFOs then in the fall start the quilt. We'll see if it works out, lol.

ladyhawthorne said...

Cool! Thank you so much!

Debra Spincic said...

Looking at your plan, it seems you need about 2000 squares. Roughly 1200 colored and 800 beige.

I have a lot of fabric but I don't think I have 1200 individual prints without repeating some prints.
Unless you buy precut prints, you are going to end up with leftovers. Even the 5" charm packs would not be efficient unless you were duplicating.

Bonnie Hunter has a pattern on her blog for making the Trip around the World with strips. You could modify that to suit your needs. You could also sew precut squares to a length of beige or another color & then cut apart. That's how I do my crumb blocks.

I might be tempted to make 9 patches & sew them together. It would be an easy accountable way to stay on track.

I'll take a little time this morning and input this into EQ and see if there is a recognizable pattern, as a 9 patch. Then, you could make something like 30 9 patches with 2 beige corners (for example).

ladyhawthorne said...

The precut 2 1/2" square charm packs are what I have been buying so far. I have some fabric in my stash bucket still and will cut pieces off that and I will see what bargains I can find at the thrift shops too. I think I will stick with my original plan at this point. It's something Nana always wanted to make and never did.

I chose squares because they sew up easy and fast, even triangles can frustrate me because you have to be so precise at the points. And heaven knows I have plenty of odd colored thread to use up.

Judy S. said...

I've never seen a Trip around the World with such tiny squares. What a labor of love!