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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Grand Forks Shopping Spree


Yesterday I went to Grand Forks with two friends to shop for fabric for this quilt, which is featured in Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine, March/April 06. One of the friends asked me to make a quilt for her and we chose this one. It's called Square Dance in the magazine.


The batik on the right is for the border and then we picked 20 coordinating fat quarters. I am making the quilt quite a bit larger than the one in the magazine.
The quilt is easier to make with the correct ruler so I picked up this one but on the way home realized that it is the wrong one. They didn't have the right one there anyway, but I was a bit disappointed to have the wrong one. I can still make it with a template or maybe a ruler from a school geometry set if I don't find the right ruler around here. The one I need is a tri-recs tool that has a less than 45 degree angle. I can probably order it online too so it's not a problem.


In the meantime, I'll start on the four patch blocks that are put into nine patches for the blocks that alternate with the star blocks. I think I'll need about 200 of them so that should keep me busy while I search for the correct ruler!
I also got some red fabric to use on the kaleidoscope quilt so that one may soon get finished too.

8 comments:

jovaliquilts said...

Having the right ruler makes all the difference! Good luck finding the one you want. I hope your friend appreciates how lucky she is to have you make a quilt for her!

Cher said...

wow, that will be a lovely quilt- try Bonnies (quiltville) website for your ruler-she added that feature a while ago when she started doing her mystery quilts.

Quilt Pixie said...

not having the "Right" ruler can slow things down so very much. I think I ended up with 3 triangle rulers in various forms/shapes to cover my bases over the years... If you have problems finding the one you need let me know and I'll look through mine and you could borrow it if I have the correct one....

Judy said...

Sounds like you'll be kept out of trouble for at least a short while. I adore that border fabric, naturally, and think that all of your choices will play happily together. What a lucky friend you have and what a good friend you are! Bummer about the ruler though ;-(

xo

Libby said...

You are so right - templates will work, but having just the right ruler makes things go ever so much more smoothly. Good luck.

Myra said...

We made those star blocks for our last raffle quilt (12" finished). I have hard templates especially for that block, and for the life of me can't find them!!! Perhaps I loaned them out...will look some more. I was going to photograph them and post them for you to see...
By the way, that fabrics are indeed lovely! Your friend IS a very lucky person...
Happy stitchings!

em's scrapbag said...

Your quilt is going to be amazing. I love your fabrics. Good luck finding the ruler. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. Have a great day! Em

Exuberant Color said...

The tri-recs is 2 rulers for the 2 shapes you need and they work great. I wouldn't do that pattern without them now that I know how easy it makes it.

Love the border fabric.