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§ May 29th, 2006 § Filed under quilting § Add a comment

Things that count or are counted…

Firstly, there is just nothing better than hot buttered rye bread toast, made from your own rye bread. Nothing better except said rye toast accompanied by good hot coffee.

Naomi will laugh but after making phase one of another batch of small squares, I crawled into bed with my notebook, pencil and calculator to figure out things which could be done with these… if only I had a certain number. How many do I need? Well, frankly that is the confluence of what I want to do with them and how long I’m willing to make them.

Last night, as I was saying, I made a batch more. I actually passed 70 through the sewing machine once and 40 of those through a second time.

The total process for each square is:

  • Pick up square.
  • Choose strip, cut roughly to size.
  • Sew one edge of strip to square (in reality repeat this a lot of times).
  • Press.
  • Cut along seam edge of strip.
  • Sew cut off piece of square to strip. (repeat this a lot of times)
  • Press.

Second verse, just like the first:

  • Pick up square.
  • Choose strip, cut roughly to size.
  • Sew one edge of strip to square (in reality repeat this a lot of times).
  • Press.
  • Cut along seam edge of strip.
  • Sew cut off piece of square to strip. (repeat this a lot of times)
  • Trim seam allowance to remove extra fabric
  • Press.
  • True up to size.

That’s a lot of handling and sewing and pressing for a 1.5 inch finished square.

OK, I do need to have my head examined. But I am liking the results quite a bit, even as I worry that I need some more “background” fabrics to choose from and what if I start running out of silk?

As of curling up with my notebook last night I had 169 squares done and 40 more with one stripe and 30 more with a stripe half done. No matter what, that’s just not enough. If I sewed together the 169 squares that would give me something about 20 inches square.

Must.make.more.

Must.be.crazy.

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