Happy May Day! Bet you thought April would n-e-v-e-r end, right? And it may stay April on my whiteboard calendar - because I managed to pick up a sharpie instead of a whiteboard marker when I filled in the dates last month! Oops..... Oh well, along with the first of May it's a Friday, and you know what that means - time for us to get our whoop whoop on! So let's get started!
Last week I got a commission job for an ENORMOUS t-shirt quilt - queen size, in puzzle style, which means that the blocks are cut different sizes and laid out in no particular pattern. I've done several of these now and while it is getting easier, it is quite an undertaking and will really tax your quilt math abilities! So after photographing all the t-shirt with templates to determine the size the blocks would be, last Sunday afternoon I took some time to create a scale diagram of my plan for the quilt.
Thank heavens for graph paper! This is a time-consuming part of the job, but it makes the rest of the quilt go so much faster. I made scale representations of each block from graph paper, then added a thumbnail of the t-shirt itself. Four sheets of graph paper taped together gave me a large enough piece to mark out the whole quilt and then I proceeded to "work the puzzle".
Monday I cut out blocks, and Tuesday I started laying the blocks out on the floor. I am so excited to have a floor large enough to lay out big quilts and not have to worry about it being in the way!
As I laid them out, I watched for colors that didn't work well next to each other, or where one color was too heavily represented, and moved some of the blocks around until I was happy with the layout.
Wednesday saw the start of sewing the blocks together. Fortunately, by laying out a scale representation, I avoided a lot of quilt math problems, and things mostly went together smoothly!
And by Thursday afternoon, the quilt top was assembled! And wonder of wonders, it actually turned out square - always a tricky proposition when you don't have clearly defined rows and columns. So today I'm going to rest on my laurels and gird my loins in preparation for quilting this 90x95" quilt. I think it's time to make more face masks! We've had a request for some for the residents of a nursing home so I think I'll see how many I can whip out today.
So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?
And now it's your turn!
What's making you whoop it up this week?
What's got you doing a little happy dance?
Share! We want to dance right along with you,
And it's always more fun to dance with friends!
The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.
Hope to see you there!