Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Bermuda Triangle

The last few days I have been drawing out patterns on graph paper to try and figure out what my next pillow is going to look like. I told another co-worker friend that I would make her a pillow with the leftover pieces from the first - because I knew I would have lots of scraps. I also have some white squares. Most of my scraps are triangles, so I thought I would do something with that shape and drew out patterns of diamonds and pinwheels. I wasn't sure what size I need the pieces to be, so I did some algebra. Unfortunately I am still a little new to how sewing seams works, because I tried one and it didn't work. I need the resulting square to be 4.5 in, and it is not that big. And because I have precut strips, they will not be the right size. (I got smart and looked in a quilting book. I need 2 7/8 width, not 2.5) So now I will end up with a scant (yes, I am baker first) square. I am wondering if they are all scant of 4 inch squares at the end then maybe I will have a smaller finished block, and I can make it like it would be too big - start with 20 in and put on 18 in - and it will fit nicely - hopefully, and thinking it will also shrink up a little in the wash. It is either that or back to the drawing pad. I am not too excited about squares, although I think it would be cute too, but since I already have the strips sewn together, I would hate to take them all apart. I also have to kick myself because I trimmed down some of my white squares thinking they were a little too big, when in actuality they were just right. So thankfully that wasn't all, and I still have a lot left, but now I have a bunch of triangles I am not sure what to do with. My guess is that I will have to use them for even smaller triangles (one inch squares? oh my)

I still have some strips from that jelly roll I haven't touched. Those I am going to put together into a pillow for my mom... although I am sure what I will do for the back... quilt both sides? She will love it. I asked my dad to find out what size the pillows are my mom has on the couch, but I think from now I am sticking with new pillow forms. After the last ordeal, I am going with new. ...And then after that, I am making a pillow for my apartment. A big huge one, and I am getting a really nice pillow from Pottery Barn. I also want to make a carrying case for my laptop,... whew, I am tired thinking about all these. I think I have enough projects in mind for the rest of the year.

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