Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Square

Last month a friend of mine asked if I could send her the cutting dimensions for the pieces of a 12 inch finished saw tooth block.  This friend is more of a knitter than a quilter. I told her sure and graphed a block, included the dimensions and sent it to her. 



A few hours after sending her the info I started to second guess myself and my speedily drafted block detail.  I figured that I should just make a block using my numbers just to be sure.


TA DA, my numbers worked and my start to this hops contribution was on it's way totally by chance.  I looked at the block for a while and wondered what I was going to do with yet another stray block.  At this point it was still a block in my head, not yet a square.

I don't think I thought square until I looked at the graphed version again.  That's when the idea to make it the center of a table topper for the summer hit me.



I looked at this larger square for awhile and decided that it wasn't going to fit anywhere in my house and most all of my friends and family already have RWB table toppers or runners already.



Well why not just go bigger.  I love how it came out. It's a 48 inch Square.

It was one of the easiest quilts I've ever put together and it was all from my stash.  I will probably do it again but looking at it in this finished state I would probably add a 2 inch border using the background fabric to make it float a bit before the binding.

Next up is what looks like what  will be a very long term project.  While routing around my garage I discovered several bins of scraps.  I opened one and discovered lots of strings of various widths.


I pulled a couple of handfuls


trimmed the pieces down to 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide



Then I started a new long term project of crocheting a square . I have no idea what my goal here is  but this is what happens to your mind when you are on shut down. 


This is how far those 2 handfuls got me. OK it's not exactly square but close enough for a mindless project.  I  measure it currently at about 17 inches give or take.  It counts for this hop right? And in the end that's all that matters.


At this point I want to thank Miss Carol from  Just Let Me Quilt  for hosting this hop and thanks to all of the hoppers for giving us some fun stuff to focus on during this lock down.   Here is a list of all of the players.  It will so brighten your day and theirs if you drop by check out their projects and leave a sweet note.

Please continue to stay safe and out of harms way.

27 comments:

  1. You made a beautiful star quilt!

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  2. Very Informative! This blog is great source of information which is very useful for me. Thank you very much for sharing this! Indian Chemist

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  3. Great use of those never ending scraps.

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  4. Beautiful quilt, and I really like your scrap project!

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  5. It will be interesting to see how large the crochet project becomes!

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  6. Your off-the-cuff star quilt sure turned out great. I totally did not expect to scroll down through those strips to find a crocheted square! Ha! I love a good surprise.

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  7. Love the star in a star in a star quilt! Good idea to use scrappy strips and crochet. I made a table mat like that once--had forgotten all about that technique. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. absolutely this counts as a square. i love how all the different fabrics make this wonderful square. your star is gorgeous. perfect for a table topper. thanks for sharing and inspiring today
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  9. That's the best quilt - perfect for the summer - and for this square hop. Loved the crocheted square. I have a crocheted rug that's oval, is still in use, reminds me of your square, and is about 100 years old!!

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  10. AWESOME projects for the Hop!! Any chance you'll be sharing the fabric size requirements for your Star in a Star (in a Star) block/quilt??? I love it SEW much and would like to make one (but I'm math challenged!!) What size hook are you using on your scrappy rug project? I learned to crochet a couple of summers ago, but haven't practiced since. This might be a way to get back to it. Goodness KNOWS that I've got enough scraps!! Did you sew the scraps end to end or are you using the "slit join" method? Inquiring minds want to know. :o))

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  11. I love how you (1) unexpectedly made up a block, (2) decided to turn it into something, and (3) actually completely finished it! That NEVER happens to me so fast! It also turned out perfectly square for this blog hop!

    Crocheting narrow strips is also a brilliant idea!

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  12. What a great way to turn an orphan block into something you didn't imagine. Its fun to see whats locked deep in our brains some days! Love that crochet. I have done rugs that way and they last forever and they wash and dry up great.

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  13. Well that block that got larger and larger and became a topper is just perfect! I have used fabric strips for knitting before. I would use that crochet square as a trivet or large coaster. It kind of reminds me of those loom woven potholders we all made as a child.

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  14. I love star quilts and this one just grew and grew into a beautiful table topper...awesome! Those strips turning into a crochet square is very interesting. I've never seen that done before, so thanks for being cool about sharing your square. I'm so glad you hopped with us!

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  15. Great RWB star quilt! I like the idea of crochet with strips; I may try this as I unearthed a large bin filled with 2" strips when I reorganized my sewing storage area last summer. What size of crochet hook did you use for your project? Just curious. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I love the RWB table topper as it is but also think the additional border would work. You've gotten quite creative with your strips. I look forward to seeing what you decide to do with the piece.

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  17. I love scrappy quilts, and to study your scraps.

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  18. Love that fun quilt! And it sounds like it was a great process for you, too. I love it when things come together even if I didn't have a plan!

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  19. Gosh it looks like you had a bit of fun putting this one together, starting small then expanding.... It looks great.

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  20. Love this quilt! Great idea to repeat this design. This will look lovely on your table or wall. Funny how inspiration grabs you sometimes.

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  21. What a fun way to get to a great quilt. It is fun to see the inspiration from the question from a friend.

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  22. Crocheting scraps?? Clever!
    XOXO NC June

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  23. Crocheting with fabric strips - I know that can't be easy! I once knitted a bag using strips of denim and just about killed my hands. Fun, but not something I would repeat! Thank you for the invitation to visit.

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  24. Quilt math? Urgh you always seem to second guess your dimensions, especially if you did it for someone else. Neat crochet square with scraps.

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