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Amish Quilt picture-Aug. 5th

Category: Amish quilt | Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 10:25 pm

Okay, I finished the top. Next step is to iron the seams flat and then measure the back material and sew it to fit the top. Then layer it and baste it and start to quilt it. The quilting will be a zig-zag, diagonal up one square and down the next, up and down diagonals across. Then, just the opposite on the next row so that the back will have squares when it's finished. Some squares will get small bears, etc in them. So, here is the picture. dooley

Last edited: Sun Aug 05, 2007 10:37 pm

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Amish quilt update, Aug 2nd

Category: Amish quilt | Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:14 pm

I now have all 289 square sewn together. 17 rows by 17 rows. Next step is to add the three inch black border and then get the backing set up and pin it all together with the middle. Then, I can start quilting it. So far, there are 21 hours and 35 minutes into it. dooley

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Amish quilt update, July 17

Category: Amish quilt | Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:43 pm

Today, I ironed all the seams flat and laid the rows out on the table so I could check the pattern. Other than the two squares that I had to change yesterday, the pattern seems to be okay. I will have to tweak some seams a bit as I eyeballed them as I sewed and in some cases my eyeballs may have been a little tired. Anyway, the camera flash made the colors a little brighter but for the most part this is what it will be when I get the top finished. dooley

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Amish quilt update, July 15

Category: Amish quilt | Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:22 am

Wow! I have 17 rows of 17 squares done. That is 289 squares. Earlier I estimated 40 stitches per row and there are 16 rows of stitches per row. So, that makes 640 stitches per row or 10,880 stitches for the 17 rows. Total time so far, 13 hours an 25 minutes approximately. The next step is to iron out all the seams, 172 of them, to flatten them and then, sew the strips together according to the grid. Guess I will start that part tomorrow. dooley

total time to date:13 hours 25 minutes

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Amish quilt update, July 10

Category: Amish quilt | Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 5:09 am

I didn't work on the quilt yesterday but I did two rows this afternoon. Two rows are 34 squares and added to the 102 that I have already finished makes it 136 squares sewn together. That is 8 rows. So, I'm almost half finished with the squares. Total time is 6 hrs and 55 minutes. dooley

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Amish quilt update-July 8

Category: Amish quilt | Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 3:36 am

This afternoon, I sat and worked the rest of row two and row three. That took an hour. Then, I finished a book that I had started. After we ate supper, I took my basket and went out to the little backyard and sat at the table and sewed for about an hour. Then a thunderstorm rolled around us and I had to come inside. I finished the row that I was working on inside. Now, I have six rows finished. Let's see, 17 squares to a row makes that 102 squares finished. But, I made a mistake the other day. There will be only 289 instead of 320. I cut too many purple ones. So, I can add 3 hours for today so that makes 7 and 1/2 hours to date. Coming along nicely I think. I only made one mistake so far. I got the row doubled under and sewed a block in with the seam that I was working on. Had to take that one apart. Oops! Dooley

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Amish quilt update-July 7

Category: Amish quilt | Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 3:01 am

Tonight after we ate, I took my squares and needle and thread and went out to the table in our little backyard. I sewed 27 squares together in 75 minutes. That's approx. 3 minutes per square. There are approx. 40 stitches across the four inch square which makes it 10 stitches per inch. Anyway to add the 75 minutes to the 4 and 1/2 hours makes it 5 and 3/4 hours. It got too dark to do anymore. I decided to sew them by hand on the machine because I can do it sitting outside in the evenings. My sewing corner is hot. dooley

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Amish quilt July 5, 2007

Category: Amish quilt | Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 9:21 pm

I bought the material last Wednesday and yesterday I cut all 320 squares that I needed for the Amish quilt that I am making for my oldest son's expected baby. Today, I went row by row down the grid and put the blocks in order that I will sew them. Wouldn't you know that when I got to the last row, I was short three blocks so I had to go back and recount each row to find the three blocks. I had just enough material so I couldn't cut any more. In any case, if I didn't find the three missing blocks those rows would be out of order. So, row by row I counted until I found the missing blocks. Now, each row is in order in a bag so they won't get mixed up with another row. I will still match the grid when I sew so they will be in the proper order. So, I've spent about 4 and a half hours which includes buying the material. Maybe I can keep track of the amount of time it takes from start to finish here. I will start and end each blog with the time. No more today. I have to think about what to eat because I work 6 to 9 today. Dooley

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