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Sunday, February 19, 2012

New Project Challenge - February

See the button on the right ( or is it left? ) for the New FO Challenge?  Well I started my February project yesterday over at tirane's house where I spent a very pleasant rainy afternoon.
The FO Challenge is a twist on the UFO challenges that are around -- in this one, you START a new project every month. You don't have to finish it, just start it. It was very exciting just thinking about what I wanted to do, pulling all the fabrics and beginning something new.  Old stuff is old stuff and it just ain't gonna change.

I found this pattern in a McCalls magazine DSC01346 and was drawn to it because I have a whole bunch of greens, and this would be great to maybe use up some of them and I also just like the pattern.  When I got to reading the instructions, it dawned on me that it was just like this one DSC01347 that I bought a long time ago ( I might have paid $5 for it and it came with the acrylic triangle you need, too! ) - (it was on my "someday" list, guess I can check it off!)

The magazine pattern mixes lights and darks to make the block, and you cut each piece individually -- the Magic Triangle pattern uses strip piecing for making the blocks ( yipee! ) but the blocks are all the same colorway.  I didn't like all of either one, so I combined them, my quilt my way.  So I'm strip piecing and my blocks are alternating dark and light.

But there is a price to this - I had to do math to figure out how much of what to cut...  math, eewww :(
I just started cutting strips.
Then I started sewing strips

DSC01343DSC01338   and sewing more strips that turned into blocks, then I sewing more blocks - oh I had fun!

I spent a wonderful day today working on this.
And my math ?  I had cut enough strips to make a double size quilt!  No math, just experience, or instinct, or plain old luck :)

too bad I have to go to work tomorrow - maybe I have a cough coming on? cough cough


Laurie @ ... And In My Spare Time I Quilt said...

Don't you just love the way those strips turn into blocks. :)

Kathy T. said...

Those look like wonderful greens coming out of your sewing machine - that top will be fantastic. And I especially liked "my quilt, my way" - too funny - and just right!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Gonna be a fun quilt. I always buy way more material than I'll need so that I don't have to do the math. I frequently end up with extra blocks that way. I just make the quilt bigger.

LynCC said...

Haha!! Yeah - I hate how much math quilting makes me do. :D Love your greens!

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