Friday, March 3, 2017

Long Time Gone Start

I was initially suffering from a case of analysis paralysis on my Long Time Gone project.  Once I decided to go with my Cotton + Steel fabric I thought how best to proceed would get easier, it did not.

I just kept trying to figure out what was the best way to start.

So I finally jumped in and started with these 3 inch Churn Dash blocks from Section 2.

I enjoyed piecing them and all I needed to do was pick 9 different pieces of fabric from my Cotton and Steel stash. That I could manage.

Then I moved on to these Flying Gees blocks, which only required 3 different pieces of fabric.

This block is also for Section 2.

This is a very scrappy project, and initially I thought I could cut extra strips and squares from the fabric that I was using as I went along, but I've now figured out that I need a lot of strips and squares for the checkerboard blocks, the courthouse steps blocks, pineapple blocks, log cabin blocks and the over 150 required half square triangle units.

So I picked out my 60 favorite fat quarters and just started cutting strips and squares.  It's been slow going, but they're all cut up now, so hopefully things will start to move along at a quicker pace.

As I was picking out my favorite fat quarters I ran across this dot print, which was a panel with 6 different dot prints, and thought it would make a great Bow Tie Block, for Section 3, because I think bowties should be polkadot.  The dots matching up, just a happy coincidence.

So my plan is to piece all the blocks for Sections 1 and 2, then move on to a new project, but I've already jumped ahead to Setcion 3.  Maybe I'll just designate next week Long Time Gone week then put it up until April.  Stay tuned for updates.

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  1. Oh my gosh are a hoot. I love your spirit and can tell this is going to be a project to reckon with but know you are up for it. Off to a great start and love your plan....I am cheering you on with this one!!!!!

  2. Those matching dots are impressive!

  3. Love your blocks and fabrics! This will be a great quilt!

  4. Oh my gosh is what I want to say, too!! If you can't figure out how to start this project, none of us will be able to either!! Look at the closeups of your piecing...absolutely perfect! Well, you are off to a fabulous start! Have a great weekend.

  5. That is going to be one colorful quilt!!

  6. I am really excited about this project!!! I love the fabrics you have chosen, and I can't wait to started on mine. :)

  7. It's such a pretty quilt! I joined her BOM last year and have quite a few blocks made. It's been fun! She never repeated a fabric - though I did because there was one I just didn't like. Her fabric selections are waaaay outside my comfort zone, so a good lesson for me. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress - it looks fantastic so far!

  8. What size did you cut the strips and squares? I am starting this soon. I have Fig Tree fabric back to the beginning and have decided that this is a worthy project to use some of my favorites.

  9. This is going to be an amazing quilt! Great units so far!


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