In reality, for this quilt, it will take a lot of tiny pieces to make a quilt of any size.
The smallest 4-patch blocks are made of 1¼" squares and will finish at 1½". They become double 4-patch blocks (which will finish at 3"), which become triple 4-patch blocks (which will finish at 6"). There are 88 pieces in those 12" blocks.
The larger 4-patch blocks are cut at 2" and finish at 3½". They become double 4-patch blocks which also finish at 6".
As I cut, stitch, press, and repeat making these tiny 4-patch blocks the thought keeps running through my mind, Who -- WHO? -- came up with the crazy idea to make a large quilt with such tiny pieces of fabric? I remind myself that it is because I had small pieces of fabric that I chose this pattern.
Then myself says, But you had to buy more browns because you didn't have enough for the 3½" squares! At that point I tell myself to hush and just keep cutting and sewing.
This poor photo (↓) is the layout I have in mind. The width of the blocks below, if stitched together, would finish at a mere 36"!
I refuse to abandon this quilt after having stitched enough squares to make 20 12" blocks. I think/hope it will be a good-looking quilt when it's finished, but I need to do something to alleviate boredom or generate enthusiasm. Imagining the finish isn't doing it for me -- at least not yet.
Maybe I should cut all the squares I need and use them as leaders/enders while working on some other quilt. Or, maybe I should consider a small, lap-size quilt instead of a twin bed size quilt. I've even thought of changing the layout, though I'm not sure it would help me make fewer blocks.
It's not even half a quilt yet. Maybe--probably--I should just cut and sew and "get 'er done," as they say.
What do you do when you get bored with a quilt in progress? What is your strategy for finishing it? Do you plow through, stuff it away, or do something else?
I'm linking this post to
> Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework
> Wednesday Wait Loss #102 at The Inquiring Quilter
> WOW (WIPs on Wednesday) at Esther's Blog
> Let's Bee Social #258 at Sew Fresh Quilts
> Midweek Makers #158 at Quilt Fabrication
> Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
> Friday Night Sew-In (FNSI) at Sugarlane Designs
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