Thursday, October 29, 2009

I must be nuts

I think I may seriously have a mild case of ADD.
I started a new project yesterday.
I've always wanted to make a cathedral window quilt.
Yesterday I saw one online and suddenly HAD to try the technique. I could think of nothing else.
I couldn't find instructions on how to make the blocks using the traditional, hand-sewn method anywhere online.
I had to resort to a book. Gasp!
A new project
According to the book, for a twin sized quilt you need 572 background squares and 1100 colored squares.
I may be making a table runner.

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30 comments:

  1. Wow... I get a twitch just thinking about all those squares. I look forwad to seeing your progress!

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  2. It looks wonderful! I considered these for a mini, but even that many make me twitchy!

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  3. i started one of these...i think they are beautiful. mine ended up as a pillow.

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  4. I've seen them done on blogs lately and had the itch to start one... then I remembered I couldn't be bothered lol I think a runner's a safe bet, otherwise you might start tearing your hair out!

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  5. it would be AMAZING as a twin size quilt.

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  6. It looks great so far. I think I'd make a pillow cover! :0)

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  7. There was just a tutorial on this over at The Sometimes Crafter...
    http://sometimescrafter.blogspot.com/2009/10/tutorial-cathedral-window.html

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  8. There's a tutorial here: http://hyena-in-petticoats.blogspot.com/2007/08/cathedral-window-quilt-tutorial.html

    I've had it bookmarked for well over a year. Have I started? Well, no. But if you finish yours, maybe I'll be inspired. :-)

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  9. I started one of those years ago. I have 125 squares done. It is a nice crib quilt so far. . .
    once in a while I pick it up and work some more. Most of those squares were done while waiting in a doctor's office or dentist office for my children's numerous appointments. It is a good pick-up-and-go project
    ~a

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  10. iloved the last line "I may be making a tablerunner."
    Ha! you cracked me right up!

    I find quilting is sometimes like eating at a buffet, sometimes it all looks so good you put way too much on your plate! :)
    Looks good!

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  11. Best of luck with your table runner! I'm still a little too intimidated to try one of these... Can't wait to see how yours turns out!

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  12. It looks fantastic! Now you have me wanting to search for instructions. A table runner sounds like a good alternative.

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  13. Beautiful work, maybe you could do a tutorial!

    Lizzie

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  14. My great grandmother made these almost obsessively. I have a couple of double-sided 15" pillows, and my mom has a pair of twin quilts and a few more pillows. I love them dearly (one of the pillows is in my living room right now), but they make my mother feel the loss of her grandmother all over again-- little bits of all the clothes her grandmother made for her over the years. I'd love to see them come back into fashion, though.

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  15. Not quilter's ADD... just a creative spirit! (That's what I keep telling myself anyway.) :P

    I LOVE cathedral window quilts... there is just something about them that is so beautiful! Can't wait to see what you put together.

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  16. I started one too...mine did end as a tablerunner! I loved making it, maybe I should try again...

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  17. I'm thinking a table runner would be great! And enough for me if I were in your shoes!
    ~Adrienne~

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  18. Aren't they fabulous? I bought a whole BOOK on them because I think they're wonderful. But I have yet to start one.

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  19. Looks fantastic... but is it difficult, it looks like it is! Suzie. x

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  20. I always thought these were cool looking quilts. I saw a new tutorial this week for one, but it looked quite complicated, which I didn't feel like dealing with. Here's the link to the one I saw- maybe it will help: http://sometimescrafter.blogspot.com/2009/10/tutorial-cathedral-window.html

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  21. I love these quilts too but they do take a lot of fabric and a lot of time. I made mine into a small lap quilt or wall hanging. But I love it none the less.

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  22. i support your table runner idea!!! so cute!

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  23. Most quilters have QADD - specific only to quilters who will step over 20 UFO's and WIP's to try a new technique - this will be stunning - and what's wrong with a book!!! They never break down or go off-line...

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  24. Is there an i-must-be-nuts support group? SIGN ME UP! I saw your pic in flickr, and I thought, "NO, don't tell me Anina's starting a CW - how will I be able to resist??!!"

    And then I clicked "blogged"... and I knew it was over for me. So. Do they have coffee and cookies at the i-must-be-nuts support group.

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  25. Oh, dear! I, too, have too many cookies on my plate. I don't have an urge to do this one but I may be at the next support group myself. Nice work, Anina
    ellendacoop

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  26. I'm going to look away and pretend that I didn't see the pretty picture, because it would take me bloomin' ages to make something like that and that's the last sort of thing that I should be considering...

    Ok, I'm just going to have a quick look at the tutorials mentioned, but just a quick look, mind...

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  27. These are amazing quilts. There was one at our 4-H fair this year made by one of the Homemakers. I may have drooled... But every time I contemplate the directions, I get a nervous tic!!!! Well, that may be an exageration, but not by far. Can't wait to see yours, no matter what it turns out to be. I will try not to drool on my keyboard!!LOL!!!
    Blessings,
    KT

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  28. Hahaha - a table runner would be about right for me too -- I love that block, but boy, are they labor intensive!

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  29. yes a table runner. good idea. i also have always wanted to try this.

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