Sunday, August 23, 2015

Out of Control!

Today I will be joining Kathy over at Slow Stitching Sunday as I try to finish row 27 of my TATW.  Row 30 will be bringing this quilt to it's final size.  I find when I get this close to finishing a project that it takes control of me and becomes my focus.  All my other projects will take a back seat as I work on these final rows.



As I stitch today, I will start asking this quilt how it wants to be quilted.  I already know that  the quilting will take a back seat on this one.  The graphic design will play the lead role. Yet those stitches will play a big supporting role.
Isn't it wonderful that a simple shape like a square can turn into something so wonderful. As I add each new round this quilt has surprised me.  My goal was to use pieces of fabric that have been in my stash way too long and to get comfortable with hand piecing.  My fabric choices depended on whether there was enough to do each round.  Yes totally out of control here, but it sure has been a fun project!
I was a bit concerned after row 26 Getting a bit boring!


But these polka dots saved the day!

36 comments:

  1. Wow - it always amazes me how each round of color completely changes the look of these. I too tend to have the project take over everything as it gets closer to a finish. Love the polka dots.

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    1. I know I keep saying that too! The last side of each round seems to go faster cause I can't wait to see what the next fabric will do to the quilt! I never really thought I would last this long but it is fun to hand piece squares anyway.

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  2. this is turning out so beautifully--love those dots! hugs, Julierose

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    1. Who would have thought adding square after square could be so much fun! A great stash buster for sure!

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  3. love all the colors together and will be nice to watch the quilting grow

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    1. Not sure how to tackle pressing it maybe I will take Jenny Beyers advice and let the seams fall where they may! LOL

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  4. This quilt is turning out so fantastic. I love it! Great idea on using your oldest fabrics too. The colors are amazing.

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  5. Wow, that's fabulous, Carla! It's turning out wonderfully!

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    1. Started out seeing if I liked hand piecing and just using those uglies and leftover pieces in the stash. I can't be happier with the results! Thanks for stopping by today!

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  6. Fantastic project. Yep, polka dots make my heart sing!

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    1. Thanks Donna! I was so glad to pull out the left over white dots on the black background. It really was a perfect time to use it

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  7. This has really grown..love the polka dot addition :)

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    1. Yeah the size has blossomed as of late. Making a large one would not be any harder than a smaller one. It is all about time with this project. The mindless piecing has given me a lot of practice and I love that you can keep stitching till the thread runs out.

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  8. It's fabulous! Love the leading role vs supporting role idea!

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    1. I agree they sure help to add some sparkle to this quilt!

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  10. I really like your fabric choices. I stalled out on my TATW top with the hot weather, but I am back to working on it again.

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    1. I have stalled out several times as other projects took over but I am glad to be back to this one and I am now determined to get it done.

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  11. Your quilt is beautiful. Are you leaving an uneven edge or attaching a border, maybe cutting those dots? I am looking forward to watching the finish.

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    1. The last row will be quarter square triangles so that it will square it up and I don't want the bias on that outside edge. Started row 28 this afternoon just to see how it would look next to the previous row but tonight I need to mark my seam lines. It will be a while but I am getting there.

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  12. Yes, polka dots always save the day!
    So, do you like hand piecing enough now to do some more hand pieced projects? How big are the squares? How big will the finished quilt be? I'm anxious to see how you quilt it. I never know how to quilt my quilts.

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    1. Yes I do like hand piecing! The finished quilt I think will be just under 60 inches square, that is my guess anyway right now. I am using 2 inch squares unfinished! As for quilting not sure yet but I am pretty sure it will be quite simple with straight lines. Although some zig zags might be fun to do!!!!

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  13. This is one of my favorite quilts of yours. Love the progression! I may have to make one of my own some day.:)

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    1. I love it too and so much fun to work on! Very proud of myself to finally trying hand piecing. It is a bit addictive as is hand quilting.

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  14. At first glance I thought it was crochet! A lovely project and I am amazed at how small your squares are

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  15. The dots are perfect - they make the quilt sparkle!

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    1. It is all about the fabric isn't it! I agree the dots are perfect! Thanks Karen

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  16. Thanks Janet! Getting excited about starting the applique on Trailing Vines, but this one needs to become a top first! Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. So fun to watch it grow! I love every square of it.

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    1. Thanks Dawn! I just love how this has come together! So proud of myself for taking on the hand piecing challenge. Something I have always wanted to do!

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