Week 4/2020: What’s on my design wall?

Finally making progress on this quilt top. It’s grown a bit since I showed it last and I added some additional fabrics. I should be able to finish piecing it this week.

As I started assembling I thought it was interesting to visualize how a quilt shrinks with each quarter inch seam that is sewn. I know that you lose half an inch each time and take it into account when I design a top but somehow it still manages to surprise me. Perhaps because the design process often takes quite some time and I get used to the size that it had unpieced?

10 comments on “Week 4/2020: What’s on my design wall?

  1. katechiconi says:

    I know exactly what you mean about the surprise of size! I make a lot of quilts in the 60×72 inch format, and I’ve actually basted a rectangle of the finished size on my design wall so that I’m reminded of the final size when laying blocks out. The added complication is that because I do a lot of QAYG, the seam allowance is *included* in the finished size, buried in the sashing!

    • Emmely says:

      I sometimes use pins to indicate the size I am aiming for, I also find that helpful. It’s also that the amount you lose changes with the size of the units you have. With large blocks it’s not always as obvious but with smaller units it can be quite dramatic, especially when they’re not really butted against eachother in the layout stage.
      I have never done QAYG but that does force you to think differently.

  2. That piece is looking fantastic! I laughed when I read you noticed the shrinkage occurring on the piece as you stitched it together. The same thing happened to be when I made a half square triangle pillow – I was in shock how smaller and smaller my pillow top was getting as I pieced it all together :-)

  3. magpiesue says:

    This phenomenon still surprises me too. :-)

  4. Vanessa says:

    The colors and arrangement are so pretty!

  5. I am also always surprised by the shrinkage. And of course the more seams the more it shrinks!

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