Monday, June 23, 2014

DWR Quilt Update - Sewing Blocks Into Rows

I continue to work on my Double Wedding Ring quilt project, though progress is S-L-O-W!  This past weekend, I figured I had enough "clamshells" (name for the blocks) finished to try sewing them into rows, just to see how it works.  Fortunately, it worked out just fine.  Although I am following "orders" and not pressing, which is killing me, and explains why the quilt looks like such a mess in the photos.

I am reconsiderning the finished size.  My original idea was to make a quilt for our queen size bed, thinking it would be 36 blocks (6 x 6).  But after getting some blocks sewn together, I can see it will require 49 blocks (7 x 7), yielding a quilt about 90" square.  Now I'm thinking about a throw instead, 25 blocks (5 x 5) or about 65" square.  It will ultimately depend on how much I'm loving the process after I have 25 blocks made. 
Blogging will probably continue to be less frequent than normal for me through the summer because I'm doing a bit of business travel.  If I had anticipated this, I would have prepped a smal hand project to take along but there is always reading.  I'll let you know if I read anything particularly good.  My top recommedation for now is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, a wonderful Dickensian tale.


JoAnne said...

I totally "get" rethinking the size. I know that I usually want to make a larger size quilt than a pattern, and it so often means going from 16 to 25 blocks. That is nearly double! But I like how you are keeping an open mind. It is looking really great, despite the crinkledness. (That would be bugging me, too.)

antique quilter said...

I so understand scaling back the size of the quilt.
we have all done that I am sure.
it looks pretty love the soft colors…
good luck with the travel this summer

Thelma said...

I listen to books while I sew, The Goldfinch is in my Wish List, I'll listen to it next, thanks for the recommendation.

I never know how many blocks my quilt will require until it's done, I add or subtract blocks with almost every project. You'll know when it's done when it's done. Great start!

Thimbleanna said...

It looks like your DWR is coming right along. They're a LOT of work!