Arkansas Crossroads

@marsha32 (6688)
United States
September 10, 2016 3:37pm CST
Last night was the monthly sit n' sew at the quilt shop. I started this quilt what seems like eons ago, assigning it my sit n' sew project. There have been a few months where I had to take other projects instead because they had to be done. This is 2 rows of 10, that includes 1281 2.5 inch squares total I believe once this part of the top is done. The pattern comes from a scrappy quilt book I paid $1 for from the quilt guild and is called Arkansas Crossroads. All fabrics I am using in this quilt top were given to me by a gal who works at the quilt shop after she cleaned out her sewing room. Imagine the hours upon hours I spend just cutting out the 3 inch squares for the half square triangle squares and the 2.5 inch plain squares. Then imagine the hours upon hours I have already put in to putting the blocks that I have done together. Then imagine the hours upon hours I have yet to go to finish the top! A lot of people just do not understand or appreciate the amount of time it takes to actually make a quilt. It's put away now until next month because, as you know, I also have lots of other projects in the works. I love my quilting hobby.
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@Happy2BeMe (75384)
• Canada
10 Sep 16
That's a lot of hard work. You do beautiful work. I love all the colors.
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@marsha32 (6688)
• United States
21 Sep 16
I am making this totally out of fabrics that a lady gave me when she cleaned out her sewing room.
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@Happy2BeMe (75384)
• Canada
21 Sep 16
@marsha32 very cool.
@jstory07 (71214)
• Roseburg, Oregon
10 Sep 16
What size bed will it be for when you are done with it.It looks really nice.
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@marsha32 (6688)
• United States
21 Sep 16
Good question. I have borders planned but haven't calculated size. I would guess queen size.
@Corbin5 (119431)
• United States
10 Sep 16
You love of quilting really shows in the wonderful work you do!
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@marsha32 (6688)
• United States
21 Sep 16
Very kind of you to say so.
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@Tina30219 (36595)
• Onaway, Michigan
15 Sep 16
Very nice and I bet you can't wait to have it finished.I have never done anything like this have nobody to do it with.
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@marsha32 (6688)
• United States
21 Sep 16
It is so much more fun when you have others to quilt with. I have sewing club at church, sit n' sew at the quilt shop, and needlers group at the quilt shop. All are once a month. I do wish I had a friend that would come over and sew with me or me go to her house.
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@Tina30219 (36595)
• Onaway, Michigan
21 Sep 16
@marsha32 Cool. I wish I knew more people around where we live that crochet and things that I could do things with. I would like to learn other patterns and things but some my mom don't know how to do so she can't teach me.
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@DeborahDiane (24204)
• Laguna Woods, California
11 Sep 16
One of my friends is a quilter. I do appreciate all the time involved. Her quilts are beautiful.
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@marsha32 (6688)
• United States
21 Sep 16
Oh the ladies in quilt guild all do such great work. Most all of them have the money to pay someone to actually do the quilting too though, which is something I won't ever have.
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• Laguna Woods, California
22 Sep 16
@marsha32 - Then the quilts you pass on to others are something you can really be proud of! Your quilts were truly made by you!
@GardenGerty (104102)
• United States
11 Sep 16
I am pretty sure I would not have that patience. My first mother in law did teach herself to do small patchwork after the boys were all grown. In double knit, can you imagine? Ah, yes, the seventies.
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@marsha32 (6688)
• United States
21 Sep 16
It's time consuming, and you know me, I get tired quickly of working on the same project. I really must start finishing things!
• United States
11 Sep 16
noperz, folks don't realize such. 'tis lookin' lovely, hon. i try to steer clear 'f those smaller squares myself, fer large projects anyhow. jest call me lazy :)
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@marsha32 (6688)
• United States
21 Sep 16
I'm a glutton for punishment?? I was disappointed to get to the quilt shop and find that I hadn't squared up the half square triangles. Now I know.....and this project is in the van, where it will stay to be pulled out to work on at sit n' sew. I will also pull it out to work on at the quilt retreat at the end of Octover too.
• Jacksonville, Florida
11 Sep 16
As usual Marsha, you do great work. You have a gift, and it is nice that you like to share it with the world.
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@marsha32 (6688)
• United States
21 Sep 16
Sharing keeps me motivated....plus I seem to get the best response to my posts about what I am working on.
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@RubyHawk (30479)
• Atlanta, Georgia
11 Sep 16
It will be a beautiful quilt. I love quilting but I've never done any with pieces as tiny as this. It takes work to make a quilt. I'm working on one now that is only squares so I should finish it soon,.
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@marsha32 (6688)
• United States
21 Sep 16
OMG! Lots of the ladies work with 1 inch squares. I just can't imagine.
@CinnamonGrl (6074)
• Paradise, California
10 Sep 16
WOW! That is so gorgeous. It's mind boggling to me, all that you get done!
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@marsha32 (6688)
• United States
21 Sep 16
Mind boggling, that made me giggle.
@Morleyhunt (21409)
• Canada
21 Sep 16
I understand and appreciate the amount of work involved. This is the quilt I pieced a year ago and am now quilting. So many HSTs.
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@marsha32 (6688)
• United States
21 Sep 16
It's beautiful! I have one that I made before with stars that I'm itching to make another one. It was like putting a puzzle together. I'm stopping myself because I have so many other projects going on right now, and because I'm not sure what I did with the pattern!