April 19th, 2011
I cut out all of these squares almost two years ago. I wanted a fun way to use my scraps that I save, although I have to say this stack is likely all I will need and I still have a ton of scraps. It is funny how they can add up so quickly. I see why so many old quilts were made like this. I was also inspired by this quilt, which was made by my great great grandma Kelly in rural Kansas. It is mostly old feedsacks and some clothing scraps. I wish I could get a good picture of the detailing–the entire thing was pieced and quilted by hand. It is falling apart and has been well loved. We used it as a picnic blanket growing up; it is just the right size for that, a little wider than a twin-size and about as long.
This project is more than a little tedious and I did not realize how precise the cutting of the squares needed to be, since there are so many. A little off balance adds up to quite a lot when one square has about 40 pieces. I”ve had to trim it each time I put a new side on, which is actually working fine. I have four squares done and three more that are in progress. Knowing me and quilts you probably won”t see this again fro another year!
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