Monday, March 2, 2009

First Ever Blanketeer Bee

The first ever Blanketeer Bee was held yesterday afternoon at my house. It was lots of fun, though absolutely no stitching was accomplished and I forgot to take any pictures. We discussed making our first ever Quilt of Valor quilt using paper piecing techniques. The Electric Quilt 6 quilt that I had designed for this group effort was a bit too large, so I made the following changes: 1) The three striped outer borders were reduced in size and combined into one larger blue border, with a red 1/2" binding, and 2) The large blocks were reduced in size from 8" square down to 7" square. The cornerstones remain the same size (6" square).

The final dimensions of the quilt are 69"x69", which is well within the 72"x87" maximum allowed size. The Quilts of Valor website indicates that 54"x67" is their ideal size, and if we wanted to, we *could* lop off an entire row of large and small blocks, which would bring the quilt to about 56"x69". However, I LOVE square quilts; I think they look really nice. So, unless we get to the point where we would rather kill ourselves than piece one more Ohio Star block, I hope we decide to keep the quilt square.

On a happy EQ6 note, the 7"x7" block still takes two pages of foundation paper to print, but I learned how to drag and drop the sections so we won't have to tape any of the sections together.

Now I just need to know that everyone agrees to the changes I made before we go out and buy the fabric on Friday. Please leave a comment or send an email if you agree to the changes I made, or if you have any further alterations in mind. It's very easy to make changes at this point. The only thing I remember everyone agreed to was removing the white from the border because it would tend to quickly get dirty.

Also, be sure to check out Brandy's blog. She's already got the parameters for the silent auction quilt posted. I'm really hoping we go with pastels for that one!


Brandy said...

I hate to burst your bubble, but I like the idea of an rectangle quilt vs. a square quilt! That's just me though.... I've always disliked square blankets. I wonder if its because I started out crocheting granny squares that no matter how hard you try, are always, forever and eternity, square.

Barb said...

I love the quilt...that is an amazing program that you have.

Nanci said...

I love the rectangles as they give the quilt a totally different look.
I am making a prairie queen quilt and the squares look similar.
I might do some rectangles in there too.