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Windmolen quilt – finished

Yes… it’s been a while. Since I have been here. And this quilt was finished a while back. It was finished on Friday, and Saturday it was out the door. I had literally 30 seconds to snap a few photos , and – oh, it happens all the time – the pictures did not turn out too great. Especially the close-up. Oh well…

The last time I wrote about it I had just finished all the blocks. It took some time to arrange them, a few different layouts and a couple of days “taking it in”…

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It is the biggest quilt I have made and I knew quilting straight lines would not be fun on my machine – I have a Singer that was not made for quilting, so a big quilt just cannot fit… However, I was a little afraid of free motion quilting – I did it only one time before, on a pillow – much smaller and much more manageable. I didn’t know how it would go, how long it would take… But I had no other choice. And I had to say – it did take long, but it was not so bad. I had a bit of an issue with thread – it kept breaking. I changed it a few times, and finally settled on a cotton thread.

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At the end – I was so happy how it turned out. It took a long time – there were a lot of strips, but the blocks were easy to make. I would like to make another one like this… some day.

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windmolen quilt ā€“ 24 more blocks

I had planned to blog about this quilt as a series – first 6 blocks, next 6 blocks… I actually photographed blocks in groups of 6 (and 12) as I was finishing them. But then… one weekend we went skiing. Then we… this and that… and the other… you know how it all goes. Good news, all blocks are finished: IMG_8345_sm

all 120 of them. That is 120 of the smaller squares, 4 of the same make up a bigger square (the “cross”). So the quilt will be made up of 30 “crosses” or “windmills” (depending on what you see!). I showed you the first 6 in a previous post. Here is the next 12:

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and the last 12:

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To recap… I made each “windmill” by cutting 1.5 in wide strip, about 23 in long. Then I cut this long, 5.5 in wide strip into 5.5×5.5 squares. You may notice that 4 times 5.5 is 22, but I cut strips longer – just in case…

I used 5 different fabrics for each “windmill”. I believe i used 4 different prints in each “windmill”, which makes it 120 different prints )some from vintage sheets too). I used 4-5 different fabrics for the lightest strips (one of them white), only because I did not have enough different fabrics with such small print on white. Therefore… I used about 125 different prints. What, I have so many prints in red/pink (I did use a few blacks and grays)? No comment.

This took a while. Longer than I anticipated. I would like to finish all the “windmills” tomorrow, so I can start figuring out the final layout. I know that will take some time. I will have to let it sit and “simmer” for a while. This will include me looking at it, switching blocks, looking some more, switching more blocks, looking.. you get the picture…

windmolen quilt – 6 more blocks

slow but steady. I keep reminding myself this one has to be finished soon. 6 more blocks, 2 favorites up close:

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This is not the order the blocks are going to be in the quilt. This is just the order I am making them in…

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The first six blocks…

windmolen quilt – a few more blocks…

I am starting to like this a lot. I did something today I said in the previous post I don;t do – I ended up picking combinations of fabrics for all the remaining blocks (and then some, I am not sure how big this is going to be – I would love it to be a twin size, but my machine cannot handle that). I wasn’t really in the mood for cutting…

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And my favorite two blocks (for now):

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windmolen quilt

the beginnings…

for my goddaughter for her first communion. she likes pink and red. her room is mostly pink. so I am going with red with some pink. that might change because I tend not to choose fabrics as I go when making a bigger quilt. I tried pulling all the fabrics first, but I change my mind as I go, so trying to figure out all the fabrics up front is a waste of time. for me.

This was my original idea for a block (there are actually two block here, but you know what I mean):

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each of the 4 squares, within a big square is 5.5 in square. these are made by sewing together 5 strips of fabrics, about 23-24 in long (a little bit more than 4 times the size of the small square), then cutting that into 5.5 in squares. I wanted to orient smaller squares in this way, to get the “cross” in the middle. the idea came from a wallpaper design in one of the scenes on the Defenders show. I finished these two just before I went to get L from school. As I was preparing to go, i would peek into the room, from as far as I can, to look at the design. I do this with every new patchwork that makes it on the design wall. I am “checking it out”, try to “feel” it. This one did not feel well. I did get the cross in the middle, but the other darker stripe made it look a bit like swastika. My hubby agreed. no good.

So I though of two possible solutions: first one would completely change the design – like so:

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I liked this. But I still wanted to see if I could go with the original design. So I created a new block, but this time I ordered fabrics from darkest to lightest, like so:

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I liked this one too. So I took one of the first two blocks I made, ripped it, reordered and sewed it back together:

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I liked this too. I had time to make another one, so I can leave it on the wall and “feel” it:

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The process of “feeling” it, is very scientific. As mentioned, it involves me looking at the design wall from various distances and angles during a certain period of time. Sometimes longer, sometimes shorter. It also involves taking my glasses of or squinting. Or taking a picture of it and then making it very small. Or taking a blurred picture. Sometimes I keep it on for a few days, while I work on something else until I am sure what I think of it.

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This is what it looks from far. I am starting to like it, so I am going to make a few more blocks. I like how if you look at it from very far and even squint a little… the lines seem to be a bit curved. Try, squint. It gives it a nice motion… I named it too: windmolen quilt. winmolen is dutch for windmill. I had to look it up.