Easy Street by Strandkorbtraum

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Easy street
Status:
Top Assembled
Started:
2012-11-23T00:00:00Z
Finished:
Tutorial:
None

Description

Well I have my personal troubleshooter so I think I can manage the QAL

I'm really a bit of a nutter - I wrote down the fabric requirements in English including the colours and then stood in front of my stash translating the colours and doing some adhoc counting to break the 44" width yards down into 60" width meters ... and see I forgot the purple - though taht'S actually going to be orange I think. That happens if you doo many other things in your head at the same time.

I'm not goign scrappy - I just don't have that much scraps - but I iwll be glad to use those cheques they have been sitting around too long

2012/11/23 The first instructions went up today - and I spend most of my afternoon cutting and sewing at least I got my math right and didn't have to cut more
2012/11/29 I finished the 4-patches all 192 sewn and ironed
2012/12/07 I'm so terribly behind - well while waiting for the next clue to  come up I'm working hard to solve the problem
2012/12/08 I started to work on clue 3 - "purple" squares are cut, and after testing THAT method I think I feel comfortabel to cut the rest
2012/12/09 the purple+background units are done, just need to add the "aqua"
2013/01/06 The only thing I managed to do on easy street over the holidays was download the instructions - until this evening. I had a sort of cutting frency, so I sat/stood down to cut all the fabrics for the remaining steps. Now I just need to find time for the sewing.
2013/01/07 I just realised I cut the smaller squares for the 4-in-1 geese method for step 4 at 2 7/8" instead of 2 3/8" - arghhh and I was soooo happy I was done cutting
2013/01/07 (late evening) I decided I might eswell spend my DVD time doing something useful - start plaing catch up on Easy Street.
2013/01/09 celebrated getting into my prefered Master course and getting the result of my BA thesis with a little sewing ... step 1 to 7 are done.
2013/01/11 why did noone tell me just how enormously huge this thing would get? what am I going to do with it? plac hide and seek under it?
2013/02/16 I did it!!!!!!!!! I turned all the little 4 patches in the corners and completed the top.

2014/09/something - I finally got around to piece tha back and even take a picture - though I can't manage to get the fabric to lay "flat" a I don't have a clear surface large enough for it ..

Pictures

trying to get a picture of the whole thing ... not easy
slowly making progress - the 4-patches in the corner are turned the wrong way, so I need to turn them before sewing a line together ...
this thing is huge - took up almost all the floor space I have ...
12 big triangles
4 small triangles
those were manageable for a change
my beloved flying gees (I would rather eat some than sew some more)
The brave new worlds
labled and bagged - step 3 to 8
brave new world "purple" double units
eating the advents calendar contents to keep the sugra level up .. yummm
two in one brave new world block method ... well 2 finished blcoks hey only 62 to go ..
to "unshock" Sewnsew and 16muddyfeet - that's what the geese look like finished, they are all sewn, but I only managed to trim 30 so far
my 64 half-geese
part 1 is done: 192 4-patches
384 "twosies" waiting to become 192 4-patches

Loves

Charwirfs
Mimuscraft
Sweetbriarrose
Caribousmom

Comments

Sandyquiltz

What happy fabrics! I'm looking forward to seeing how these work up into her quilt. This is my first mystery quilt and it's hard to pick out fabrics when you have no idea how they're actually going to be used....

True

This is so much fun to watch and I am so impressed as if I had to translate and pick out fabric I would be in deep trouble!

Strandkorbtraum

True ahh you know it gets really scary when you read "lime" and know what colour that is but you are absolutely not able to translate that into your own language ...

Sandyquiltz oh yes it's not easy to pick - so I jsut went with fabrics that would match and I knew I had the right yardage off - which left me -luckily- with not much to pick from

Sewnsew

I've heard some rumours about your personal trouble shooter.....Watch out or she will lead you astray. wink

Strandkorbtraum

Ahh but my trouble shooter sure can trouble shoot me to find my way back .. Sewnsew

Sewnsew

Strandkorbtraum That is true and have a lot of fun there and back.

16muddyfeet

I just read the clue about 30 minutes ago, and your already half done with it!!!! You go! Me I am out the door to hopefully not have to fight too many crowds, need a few things including some more background fabric for this project, I seen it on clearance the other day. They we are going geocaching. Might get this clue done tonight sometime.

Strandkorbtraum

16muddyfeet well I have the little advantage of being ahead of you - time wise ... and having a free friday, not having black friday and of course having all my fabrics (hopefully) - I wouldn't mind the distraction of geocaching though ..

Sewnsew

Good on ya, Leo!

True

Wow you have been very busy!!

Strandkorbtraum

True Sewnsew
Thanks both of you - I really didn't want to get behind. And as I don't have any lectures on Fridays I decided to give at go yesterday evening / night. Now I can enjoy the weekend with family wihtout having the thought of getting behind bug me ... Becuase I know myself if I get behind I might never catch up.

Sewnsew

Yay! Those four patches look good!

16muddyfeet

Ok I came over to double check your colors for you from the other comment. I see white as your background, Love the blue as your constant color, Now you need 3 colors..........I only see two, Yellow, and Green. Find a third color and your quilt will look awesome. When it comes to using the yellow and the green and the mystery 3rd color, since you have solids and checks, do each step using half solids and half checks. Or use solids in one of the colors, and the checks in the other color. Add some pink, purple, or light orange. Let me know what you decide. But find that 3rd color, it will ease your stress.

Strandkorbtraum

16muddyfeet
ahh my thrid colour is orange another solid .. I just have the yardage taht is necessary in those colours ... the orange just didn't make it on the picture the nigth I chose the fabrics.

ohh you mean like using the cheques for the lime and the solids for aqua and the orange for the purple .. so rather go with print/solid than with colour ... hmm interessting .. well I still have some time before I need to make the decision...

16muddyfeet

Strandkorbtraum Perfect, now if you decide to go half and half checks/solids or go solid with one and checks with the other, that choice is yours, it will look good either way. Also depending on what she has us doing with those, you could choose then too. Like if you have to sew yellow and green together, do one solid, the other check. Switch it half way to the other way around too. It is YOUR quilt. Mysteries are always fun, you never know what it will look like. Bonnie's are always good though. Can't wait to see your geese.

Strandkorbtraum

16muddyfeet so my "purple" was put to use finally ... and I think I will go with colour and not solid - printed - aye it's my quilt and I can only blame myself if I make any wrong decisions ... but then it will be such a mix that it probably won't matter what fabric is where..

Terryt1955

You guys crack me up on this thread. The quilt is a mystery, the dialogue is a mystery but I can tell you guys sure are having fun. It's kind of like The Amazing Race.

Sewnsew

How are you adding the squares?

Sewnsew

Terryt1955 lol It feels more like chasing my tail!

Strandkorbtraum

Sewnsew well I make one big square (=the geese) then I add 2 small squares on the diagonal and then sew like you would sew HSTs - what you see on the picture is that thing cut in half and ironed.
What's left is to sew another small square to the orange triangle - again sewing like a HST on the diagonal beginning at the orange tip and ending in between the two blue triangles - then cut it open again ..

Sewnsew

Ohhh ok! I'm so glad!!!!

Strandkorbtraum

Sewnsew haha were you fearing of having to trouble shoot? and make me cut out all the pieces again and sew them together differently?

16muddyfeet

Strandkorbtraum Sewnsew LOL, I was thinking the same thing at first, then realized they were the geese, no waste method! They geese are looking great by the way.

Sewnsew

Strandkorbtraum 16muddyfeet I've not seen the no waste method before, so yes, I did think you were going to have to do them again! LOL I agree, the geese are looking good. I'm going to have a play around with that method after seeing yours.

16muddyfeet

Sewnsew It is so fast and easy to do it that way, and no little corners to get sucked into the machine either. Here is the link : http://www.patchpieces.com/files/flyinggeese.pdf

Sewnsew

16muddyfeet Thank you for the link. I'll be using it soon, as I want to use flying geese again instead of the outer border on Kathy Doughty's Folk Art Birds.

Sewnsew

Good on you, Leo, getting them all cut out. Now we just need to work out a system to keep making the blocks.

Strandkorbtraum

Sewnsew hehe aye like sunday afternoon 14:35 - 17:45 --> Easy Street Piecing
Ahh I guess there is no use in doing here a bit and there a bit, I will just have to sit down and do it. Use one of my free Fridays.

True

Oh I am so sorry here is a huge hug across the miles...good news is you cut them too big not too small!

Strandkorbtraum

True ahh thanks!!
well I think it'S easier to cut them again, because I can cut strips and then sub cut the strips instead of cutting each of the squares - I have enough fabric, and I will just file it under"stupid thing"-addition to the scrap basket.

True

Love picture of the snow!!

True

Sounds like a round of applause and congratulations are in order!!

Sewnsew

Congratulations on getting into your Masters course. That is really wonderful news!!!! Easy Street is looking GOOD!!!

Strandkorbtraum

Sewnsew Tahnks! now I just need to send them more documents and move myself again halfway across the country - I guess I will walk around with a stupid grin on my face for next couple of days just because I know what I will do once February is over ...
Aye I'm set on getting started on step 8 on Friday ... are you enjyoing your holidays?

Sewnsew

Strandkorbtraum It is worth the moving.....Before I know it, I will be calling you Dr Strandkorbtraum! wink

Strandkorbtraum

Sewnsew Haha I hope not - I never wanted to do a university career. I always wanted to become a firefighter or carpenter or gardener. It's just that I had the grades so I decided to at least give university a shot, so I wouldn't regret it later ... well and here I am, still wanting to do a hands on job, but thinking the same - you won't forgive yourselve if you don't try.

True

LOL you crack me up! So is that the real layout? What does in empty spaces or do you now know yet?

Strandkorbtraum

True
Block B goes into the gaps - I haven't put it together yet ... geez it's huge - I guess I will need 3 beds so it won't dragg on the floor

Terryt1955

Congrats on getting into your master's course Herr Dr! Loving the the layout of block A and I hope Block B isn't going to be too busy to distract form "A". It's beautiful as is! If it was me I'd put a glorious piece of white in there and call it a day but I guess that's not the point of your QAL.
As for the size it can be one big picnic quilt that can sit an entire classroom!

Strandkorbtraum

Terryt1955 hahah .. yeah I'm goign to introduce the "green classroom concept" to university and offer my quilt as "seminar room".
Well Block B is more of the same basic units, but the block is a little clamer - it really is a scrappy quilt (well supposed to be)

Terryt1955

Exactly, the green classroom! Perfect! Can't wait to see Block B!

Chandra

I love these gingham plaids, nice color effect.

Tinastitches

I love your color combo!

Strandkorbtraum

Tinastitches Chandra Thanks! I'm starting to like it, they always seem to take time to grow on me.

Rebeccajeffsmith

LOVE how your quilt is coming along!!!! beautiful!

True

Truly this is gorgeous and so different as your choice of fabrics stand out. Just love it...you are so right it is huge!

Strandkorbtraum

True well yeah that's me .. I couldn't just go with the colours everyone else was using .. nor resist mixing gingham with solids ...
Aye it's huge - but my window is huger ...

AllPatchedUp

Leo, first I gotta just say...you crack me up!! I always love reading your infos and comments. ;)

Second, you did a Fabulous job, this looks amazing! Glad you made it thru the ordeal alive!! snicker You have a beautiful quilt in your future. :)

Strandkorbtraum

Allpatchedup ahh let's talk about surviving it when I'm done quilting it - of course I have no idea how to quilt it ...

twistedandloose

Very cool. The design shows up wonderfully as your fabrics did the trick to make it pop. Nice job.

AllPatchedUp

Strandkorbtraum LOL ok, no talk of survival until the quilting stage has come to an end. ;)

I wish you luck.....see you on the other side. smiley

Jodyrose

Strand, AWESOME job! When I saw the first photo, it looked like stained glass! Cant wait to see how it looks when its quilted!

Strandkorbtraum

Jodyrose Thanks - well yeah it get's that stained glass effect because I pinned it to my curtains in my attmpts to get a picture oft he whole thing.

Caribousmom

Fabulous! Love it!

corginole

Great top! I really like the gingham and it is nice to see it in a less scrappy version. I thought about participating in Easy Street when it came out, but was overwhelmed by the fabrics.

Strandkorbtraum

corginole thanks! yeah I was a bit scared when I started but I had someone who promised to cheer me on if I got into trouble. And back then I didn't have enough "scraps" of any of the colours so I just went with fabrics I knew I had enough of to fit the requirements. And I have to say I like it that mine doesn't look even a bit like any of the others ..

Capetowngirl

Strandkorbtraum Google extra wide backing fabric. Plush Addict have some in at over 2m wide and I have seen some at Lady Sew and Sew as well. This is beautiful. I don't think it needs a border. Lovely as is. Good luck with finishing this one

Mymble

Gorgeous- I agree with +Capetowngirl- no border needed, and if you can swing the extra wide- by all means, otherwise, I think you could just do three panels of a solid or maybe a print- a pretty floral might looks nice - something picking up the colors a bit???

True

Ditto Margaret

Strandkorbtraum

Capetowngirl - hmm extra wide is an idea, but I would rather not order a lot of new fabric
Mymble hmm a floral and solids - I shall raid the stash tomorrow and see what turns up ... maybe there will be something perfect, but I doubt it ...
True ... see above
all: the border idea is dead

Dzirin

I made this quilt too. Just bought fabric for the border - 1 inch deep color (purple) and 4.5 inch turquoise blue. I plan on quilting an all-over pattern. I like the idea of an XXL block; I do that sometimes too.

Mymble

So lovely Leo- and what a job turning all those four patches- just fantastic and it looks wonderful!

Strandkorbtraum

Thanks Mymble ! I have now done the back - a giant star, but I don't have a flat surface large enough to take a picture, I will have to wait till cleaning day and use the hall ..

Mymble

A Giant Star sounds great- will look forward to cleaning day!

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