What a Bunch of Squares – Quilt Top

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Now that my final exam is over and done with (happy dance!), I’m excited to get back to sewing!!!

In my last post, I showed you some quilt blocks I’ve been working on (the pattern is “What a Bunch of Squares”, found in Denyse Schmidt’s first book). I didn’t mention it before, but I’ve been working on that same quilt since August (though not continuously), and I am so ready to finish this thing up!

Slowly but surely, I finished up all the quilt blocks last month. The blocks themselves weren’t that difficult to put together, really. In fact, if anyone’s looking for a good beginner’s quilt pattern, I’d say this is it. The squares are nice and big (measuring at 17.5″ squared), and the wonky pattern takes the pressure off making perfect measurements with your pieces. And because I used a solid white color for the border, I wasn’t super worried about matching up each corner perfectly. Although, I am getting a lot better at it with each quilt I make. Take a look at all the pinning that takes place to ensure the seams match perfectly.

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I think the part that took me the longest was deciding the order in which to place each square. I probably spent close to an hour with the pieces laid out on the floor, arranging and rearranging until I was happy with the layout of the colors and shapes. Then I spent the last two nights in my sewing room, stitching the blocks together until the quilt-top was complete. After the final press, I dragged it to our bedroom to lay it out on the bed and take a look at the final piece.

I really love the overall effect of the quilt in our room – I think it really brightens up the space. The only thing I would maybe change is the layout of some of the colors. You can’t see it in the photo above, but something that I noticed immediately is that there’s too much green in the bottom right corner, and the whole right column has the same purple color scheme. This is something that I look out for while placing the order of the blocks (I try and distribute the same colors, shapes, and direction of patterns evenly throughout the quilt top, to make it look “even”, more or less). I considered ripping apart the 4th row and rearranging two of the blocks, but quickly decided against it and try to “embrace” this small imperfection (although, it’s much less noticable in the pictures, which makes me think no one will ever notice but me).

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Does anyone else tend to do this with their projects? I find that as soon as I finish a project (or a big step of a project), I immediately start to pick apart every detail and convince myself it’s not perfect. But, if I wait long enough, I’ll look back at what I made and end up really liking the finished product. I did the same thing with my basketweave quilt I finished last summer. I really didn’t care for the placement of blocks at the time I finished – but a year later, it’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever made.

In the end – I’ve decided to go with it and call it complete! I’m sending this quilt top off to the long-arm quilter again. I really want to start quilting on my own this year, but I think I should start learning with a smaller quilt first. I would probably lose my patience with this queen-sized quilt, so I’m sending it off! I can’t wait to show you the completed quilt later this spring.

xo, Amanda

P.S. These little pups are too much, I can’t help myself. They’re not allowed in my sewing room, so they just stand at the doorway and supervise. :P

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(all photos taken by me with my Canon Rebel SL1 or iPhone5)

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8 thoughts on “What a Bunch of Squares – Quilt Top

  1. Aww your dogs are just so cute! Do they really not come in the room? How well behaved! I love your quilt too. I don’t think the colours look out of balance at all. I love all the white in it & the geometric print. It makes it a much calmer quilt somehow.

    1. Hi Kathryn!! Hahaha… they *look* well-behaved in the pictures, but they are, together, like two bulls in a china shop, and letting them around my sewing things would be a recipe for disaster!! :) hehehe…

      Thank you so much for your kind words. :) I really love all the white, too, especially since our bedroom gets plenty of sunshine. It makes for a nice springtime quilt!

  2. I LOVE the finished quilt top! I see no imbalances in your design layout and like that the purple squares really ‘pop.’ I see just the right amount of green and those bits of green remind me of the Gee’s Bend quilts and other vintage pieces in which the quilting ladies ran out of their primary fabric and had to use whatever else they could find, resulting in that one patch or strip that was unique to the rest of the quilt. Your favorite designer, Denyse Schmidt, speaks about that in her book, Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration. Your work is getting more and more beautiful with each quilt you sew! And your pups are just too precious to believe… :) Great post and great pixs, too!

    1. Thank you so much, Aunt Mary Kay!! Your approval means the world.. It’s so nice to be able to share my doubts about a project here on the blog. After spending so many hours on one design, I feel like sometimes all the colors tend to run together and I start to second guess my decisions on things like placement and fabric pattern choices. :)

      Speaking of blogs… I absolutely LOVE your new blog setup!! I’m so so excited you’ve created a site!! The name is perfect.. I can’t wait to see all the projects and ideas you post. :) I’m excited to follow along!! xoxo

      1. Amanda, thanks for your encouragement! I have only set it up and have not really spent any time yet organizing or posting, which is obvious from the date of my one and only entry! I’m still trying to decide on the theme I want to use!! The name comes from the fact that I have such fond memories of the Creek House in Alabama combined with the fact that I live in a ‘creek house’ of my own and wanted to blend/merge family past with family present and future. As soon as I have my spring break, I plan on really getting going, even though it will be 1 month past my original launch date I wanted to do. Take care! :)

    1. Thanks so much for the sweet comment!! I think it’s because we spend so much time working on a project, that we get tired of seeing the same fabrics and colors by the end of it. ;) But the funny thing is, looking at ready-to-wear and store bought quilts, I see the same sort of flaws and tend to think that my flaws are less noticeable!! Something to think about. ;)

  3. This is really a gorgeous quilt and you should be proud! (Although I sympathize with picking your work apart after-the-fact–I’ve been there, too!) I love the colors you picked. I’m just in awe of people who can make an entire quilt; it seems like an impossible task! ;-) And your dogs are too cute in that pic!

    PS: I nominated you for a Liebster Award! You can check it out at my blog (http://lifeinamadshouse.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/the-liebster-award/) if you like. I love reading along with your sewing adventures!

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