Design Wall – December 15, 2014

There was a little bit of sewing this week . . not enough. I now have 17 blocks done but I forgot to take a picture and I have a dentist appointment first thing this morning so by the time I get myself ready, get the critters all taken care of .. there’s not going to be a spare minute so I’ll just share a picture from an old post!


Stash Report – Week 50, 2014

I was so hoping to use at least 100 yards this year but I doubt that’s going to happen. Maybe I can do it next year. Do you have a goal for how many yards you’d like to use next year? Or a list or projects you hope to get completed? Now’s the time to be setting those goals!

Used this Week: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 74 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net: 74 yards used

Square or Rectangle

Do you prefer square quilts or rectangular quilts? Even though you may prefer one over the other, will you still make the other? If not, will you look at a design and if you really like it, make the necessary changes to make it the size you want it to be.

Once upon a time, and not that long ago, I did not like square quilts at all. Somewhere along the way I made a few square quilts and actually like them better. First, they’re much easier for me to design as far as borders go because all four sides should be the same. Sometimes it’s a bit frustrating to get a pieced border to fit when the top and bottom borders aren’t the same length as the side borders.

The second, and most compelling reason for my interest in square quilts is that I think they fit our queen size bed better. A queen mattress is 60″ x 80″. Say I want a 16″ drop on the sides and at the bottom, that puts the approximate size of the quilt needing to be around 92″ x 96″. If I stick a couple of inches of the quilt up under the pillows, a 92″ x 92″ or 94″ x 94″ quilt is perfect for our queen sized bed.

If I want a 20″ drop on all sides, a 100″ x 100″ quilt is even better!

We haven’t had a king sized mattress in years but they’re about 76″x 80″, which is pretty close to square to start with.

All these square vs. rectangle thoughts have been running through my head because I’ve been playing with EQ. I really liked the center blocks in Tell it to the Stars quilt.

Tell it to the Stars

Tell it to the Stars

This is what I came up with and, as you can see, it’s rectangular.

Rectangular Quilt

Rectangular Quilt

And there’s the square version also.

Square Quilt

Square Quilt

Who knows if these are the colors I’ll use, or if I’ll make it square or rectangular or . . if I’ll make it all, but it’s always fun playing in EQ.