I did some math. I hate math. I had some red 1.5″ inch squares. I thought “I can do something with these”. So I planned a queen-sized postage stamp quilt. I quickly sewed through my stash of scrap squares, then I cut a few more squares from random red yardage. I still only had 1 row of the quilt completed. Yikes! I decided to count how many squares I might need. Check my calculations:

Each mini block has 12 1.5″ squares

There are 15 mini blocks in each row. That means that there are 180 squares in each row

I’m planning on 19 rows to make the quilt queen sized

That’s a whopping 3,420 1.5″ squares

Well of course, that meant that I had to sort and count how many squares I already had on hand: about 1250.

I decided to cut all the remaining squares before I sew any more of the quilt. I want to make sure that all the colors and patterns are thoroughly distributed throughout the finished quilt. I’m getting there!

I love this project. Thanks for the math. I plan to start cutting scraps…different colors. If I have enough red in my scrap bags, I will send you some.

Looks good! When I make quilts like that, I try to focus on the little numbers so I don’t get overwhelmed with the big numbers. Just cut, make a few blocks, cut some more, make more blocks, and then only when I get to the end, to avoid cutting too much, I start counting.

Hey Sandy….I’ll start cutting some of my stash…help is on the way!

Cindy, I wondered if you were getting my hints! LOL!

Hi Sandy, I have a small bag of red scraps that I’d like to send to you! Do you prefer me to cut into 1.5 inch squares before mailing?

Karla — oh my goodness, you’d really do that? Or are you teasing me??

Yes–I’d be happy to share my red with you! Just let me know where to ship them.

Karla — send me an email sandra_dennison@hotmail.com

It is totally up to you! Thank you so much for offering your scraps. I love that all these different quilters will be patched together in this quilt.

I love this project. Thanks for the math. I plan to start cutting scraps…different colors. If I have enough red in my scrap bags, I will send you some.

Chela — I’m going to be in Austin for a quick trip this week. I wish I had time to meet up with you and pick them up!

I can cut some red 1.5″ squares and send them. Email me your addy if you’re interested at piecefulthoughts@gmail.com.

I LOVE it. It will be a beauty! And totally worth it.

Wow. Fly to Denver and I will give you the rest – ha! That is going to be a spectacular quilt and what an undertaking!!!!

Looks good! When I make quilts like that, I try to focus on the little numbers so I don’t get overwhelmed with the big numbers. Just cut, make a few blocks, cut some more, make more blocks, and then only when I get to the end, to avoid cutting too much, I start counting.

Thanks for the tip!

absolutely “WOW” ….keep on cutting and stitching…

I can send you some 1.5″-ies if you’d like–red is my newest “favorite” color…

hugs, Julierose

Julie — are you in for the donation train? Send me an email sandra_dennison@hotmail.com! I could love some more variety! Thank you, thank you!