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    two for the price of one

    My friend from work just purchased a new home and I decided to make him and his wife a log cabin quilt for a house warming gift..

    I needed purple and brown and wanted to do a classic red in the middle. I got lucky with the fabric. Found the colors I needed and at $1.50 a yard! So I bought enough to do the back also.

    I read the directions and started to cut. . . started to sew . . . needed more material cut. I'm thinking I must of counted wrong originally.

    I'm sewing . . . and sewing . . . What's taking me so long?

    I finally finished the blocks last night and decided to iron them before going to bed.

    I'm ironing. . . and ironing.

    Yep, you probably already guessed. Instead of the 26 blocks I needed for a king quilt, I have 46 blocks, enough to make the king and a double.

    I need to go back to math class.

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    Oops!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArizonaKAT View Post
    My friend from work just purchased a new home and I decided to make him and his wife a log cabin quilt for a house warming gift..

    I needed purple and brown and wanted to do a classic red in the middle. I got lucky with the fabric. Found the colors I needed and at $1.50 a yard! So I bought enough to do the back also.

    I read the directions and started to cut. . . started to sew . . . needed more material cut. I'm thinking I must of counted wrong originally.

    I'm sewing . . . and sewing . . . What's taking me so long?

    I finally finished the blocks last night and decided to iron them before going to bed.

    I'm ironing. . . and ironing.

    Yep, you probably already guessed. Instead of the 26 blocks I needed for a king quilt, I have 46 blocks, enough to make the king and a double.

    I need to go back to math class.

    just think of all the throw pillows you can make and at least one big across the top pillow cover.!
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    Oh well at a $1.50 a yard, you need not feel back and extra quilt will be a bonus. You could add some extra borders and use the smaller amount for the backing.
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    Those must be really really big blocks if 26 will make a king quilt.

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    Math is the hardest part of quilting. But in the long run - it is better to have too much than too little!!! I have had to search frantically for more fabric when my "math" figuring was stingy.
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    LOL, i've done that as well. it's certainly better than not having enough
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    My first quilt many years ago was grandmas fan. I was having so much fun cutting and making fans I made a big box full. When I finished I still had a box full. To this day I still find fans in the bottom of my scraps and have to laugh at myself. What was I thinking?

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    make two quilts and donate the smaller one. double bang for the buck (or buck fifty)

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    Just think, you have another whole set of blocks FINISHED
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    Now you can make a second quilt.

    If math isn't your strong suit consider getting EQ, even an older version, or let a friend with EA help you. It is so easy to just put in the finished size of the blocks and 'fool around' to check for finished size.

    OK ... I used to teach math and before work in statistics. I taught my students and we had fun. After all, once you drop the fear it is fun. There are only a few things you can do with numbers: leave them alone, make them go away (like multiply by zero, subtract by the same amount), make them bigger (addition and multiplication by greater than one, or division by lesser than one), or make them smaller (subtraction or multiply by less than one or division by greater than one.) Just have fun with it and relax!

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    I have done that before but not that much! LOL Look at it this way you're ahead for the next quilt gift!
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    we all do.......lol
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    You never know when you're going to need a quilt for a gift, so you have a great head start!!

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    Bonus... finish them both and then you have one already done to give away for one of those unexpected gifts that crop up.
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    That's too funny! Glad to know I'm not the only one who does that.

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    too funny and lucky to have enough fabric to finish them. sounds like something I would do.

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    Awesome to know I have company in the math department! LOL

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    I feel your chagrin... my math skills are terrible as are my spacial relationships - quilting is a real challenge and I love it.
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    Did that LOL!

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    never hurts to have extras.
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    Do they have a guest bed or a chair in their bedroom that could use a throw?

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    I know how you feel. I've done some math with my sewing projects before that came out just as yours did.

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    You now have a matching quilt for their geust room-or yours for that matter.

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    LOL, i've done that as well. My first quilt was suppose to be a king and ended up being a huge tent.
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