It’s Hip to Piece Squares
August 5, 2009 § 56 Comments
It’s an old joke, I know. Sorry! I couldn’t resist. But, I’m having fun with these squares. All I’ve done so far is cut out triangles from the backs of the shirts to make these 9-inch squares . This one on top of the pile is my favorite. Each shirt back made about 2 or 3 blocks… except for this one on top. There is only one.
For the most part, I wasn’t too fussy about matching up the stripes. And in some cases, it was impossible. The shirt stripes were too big to match without wasting a bunch of fabric. My rationalization is that it’s going to be used as a picnic/beach quilt anyway… so why worry?
But if you are NOT going to be using your quilt on the beach or at the park and want to carefully matching up the stripes, Nancy over at Life is a Stitch recommends sewing the triangles together without pressing the seams down. She got more precise matching of the stripes when she chose to forgo the pressing.
I tried both ways, pressing and not pressing, and I don’t think I cut out the triangles precise enough to make a difference. But I did notice that by NOT pressing, the squares came out more flat and more square in the end. Give it a try and see what works for you!
If I’m going to follow the Shirt-Stripe Boxes pattern from the book Passionate Patchwork at all, then I will also be making some 6-inch squares and some 3-inch squares. To be continued….
It’s been awhile since I’ve had a give-away. So, I decided that this quilt-along is the perfect time to give away some of my favorite tools & resources.
This week, I would like to give away one copy of The Quilter’s Pocket Reference. We use this all the time in the shop where I work. It has standard bed sizes, yardage requirements for backings, yardage calculations for squares (ie: how many 2″ squares can I cut from a 1/4 yard), how to calculate square sizes for half- and quarter-square triangles, and more.
Leave a comment here OR add a photo to the fickr group to be entered into the drawing and tell us what you are recycling. One chance to win per name. I’ll draw a name on Wednesday, August 12th.