well, the time is almost upon us. after i had posted about starting in on remaking susan’s quilt, several of you voiced a desire to join me. that was 6 weeks ago. many of you have come to your senses and decided to sit this one out or start at a later date…i can understand. waiting to see how much torture i endure before you jump on board? smart of you! 🙂 at this point, it’s just meredith and i wandering out into the great unknown, and we’re rearin’ to go (at least i am…how ’bout you, meredith?)!
wednesday i cut the background panels and yesterday i spent a bit of time making some bias stems. i cut my panels a bit bigger to compensate for the applique and then made some guideline marks so i keep everything within the 5″.
there seems to be some discrepancy on the measurements of this quilt. fons and porter do point out in their book that the measurements given may not be exact; however, over at the university of michigan, they list the panels at 5″, the sashings at 1.25″ and the outer borders at 2″ (all finished size). the problem with those measurements are that the finished size of the quilt wouldn’t work out to be the 72″ x 85″ they claim. according to my figures, that would make the finished width closer to 84″. granted, the original quilt is very old, but would that account for a loss of 12″ in width? in studying the pictures of susan’s quilt, i am guessing that 5″ (finished size) sounds about right, so that’s what i’m going with. that doesn’t leave a lot of space to cram in a whole lot of leaves now does it?
so, i’m just about ready to start. actually, i’m trying really hard to stick to my original plan of starting on the 20th, but the waiting is getting difficult. will a few days really make a difference…
…when this is waiting for me?