Tuesday, January 16, 2007

A Little Bit of Crazy

Ya'll know I'm crazy, right? Well if you didn't, here's the quilt to prove it.

This quilt is 84" x 96" and is comprised of 3" rail blocks - each piece finishes at 1" x 3". If you do the math, that's 2,688 pieces.

Now, I will back up and say that I pieced this quilt over a number of years. I have a bucket that I would toss 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" strips in, and would use them as leaders/enders. The subsequent 12" blocks (56 of them) have been finished for a long time. I set them together on New Year's Day and finally pieced a back for it yesterday and loaded it on the longarm. And the funny thing is, the bucket is still full and I keep running them through the machine. You can see 2 finished block segments on the end of the ironing board next to my best friend, Magic Sizing. What on earth do I need more rail blocks for? I guess because they're there.

I think this quilt will actually live on my bed. The good news is that I will finish quilting it within the week. I don't leave quilts loaded on the longarm for long - it's too enticing as a cat hammock. I'll show you a full on photo once I get it bound.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wow, I have been making the exact same blocks so that one day I can put it together as a quilt. But I have been cheating and sewing three longer 1 1/2 inch wide strips together and then cutting the 3 1/2 inch squares from that. So some of my blocks are identical. AND I don't have nearly as many as you (yet - vbg) It is great to see one all done. Joseph's Coat!

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh, that is one amazing quilt, what a wonderful way to use up your scraps!

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's glorious! How are you quilting it? It's going to turn out amazing. I love scrappy quilts.

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, impressive!

And quite a testament to the value of both scrappy utility and leader/enders.

Great job!

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful. This reminds me of the quilt my grandmother had on her bed when I was a little girl. And I was looking at it to find two matcing pieces. This quilt does sadly not excist any more, but my memories does.

11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your quilt is magnificent. THere is no such thing as too scrappy!

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! That is really wonderful!

5:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like it! (Do you really trim the rectangles as you go - BRAVO!)

6:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow- absolutely wonderful.

6:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool quilt Susan! I just threw away a sack full of little pieces my last cleaning....hmmmmm
Ruby in a very cold Lubbock

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great quilt. Now I know why your blog is named as it is. This will be a great quilt once quilted, it in now a great top.

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing! I Just LOVE it, and also, would like to see all the pieces, if there just might be 2 of the same! Please post it again, when it's all quilted.

7:55 PM  
Anonymous the wandering quilter said...

Oh wow,that's absolutely WILD! Post a picture when it's finished, I'd love to see it.

6:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Susan - I can't wait to see what pattern you use to quilt this top! What a great way to take a walk down memory lane of all the fabrics you have used in your quilts over the years! I love scrappy quilts! ~Bonnie

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a GREAT top!

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Blogger Laura said...

This is so bright and fun, what an easy way to use up our scraps. I love it!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your quilt. I've always used starters and enders but don't have anything to show for them. Not anymore though. I'm starting my strips now. Your talent has always amazed me over the years.

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is a starter and an ender?
Is this like a "Charm Quilt?

LOVE the quilt!

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Blogger YankeeQuilter said...

I also have a basket of leader/ender blokcs that no matter how many quilttops I put together never empties!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Blogger Bonnie said...

This is so great! I need to deplete some 1.5" strips...this would be just the ticket and so easy!


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Blogger Shelina said...

Susan not sure if I already commented on this quilt, since so many of the comments have turned "anonymous", but this is such a beautiful scrap quilt. Did you add any and all fabric, or were yu more selective? I want to make a scrap quilt, but my scraps are all so different from each other.

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