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Thread: Synchronized Squares Quilt Along

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    I decided to join in on Rachel Griffith's Synchronized Squares Quilt Along that I found through Flickr. The instructions are on her blog :
    http://www.psiquilt.com/2011/06/sync...ilt-along.html

    The quilt was SUPPOSED to be completed in 3 weeks, but I knew that would never happen for me, but I may complete the top this weekend. It very easy, and a small lap quilt. The edges of the four squares are raw, and I'm not sure yet how I feel about that. (I know my high school sewing teacher would NOT be happy about that!)
    Most people chose wonderful layer cakes for their quilts, but I decided to use some of my hoarded fabrics... RJR Art Nouveau and Art Nouveau Revisited and I'm glad I did. I love the fabrics. Here is my progress so far. You end up with 36 squares to sew together (most of you can do that in your sleep!!) for a 52" finished quilt. I have NO CLUE how I will quilt it when its done! I have never done machine quilting before, although I recently took a class. This will be my first, but I will admit, that part of me wants to pack it up and send it off to one of you to quilt!! This is the first quilt that I have made in many, many years. I am enjoying working on it!
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    Very pretty quilt and a nice job too.

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    Oh, and here is the Flickr group with photos of other quilts (And progress) from the quilt along.
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/synchro...th/5915793558/
    It's fun to see the differences in fabric choices and how they work up! I hadn't realized that there is so much going on in Flickr... lots of swaps and sew alongs!

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    Thanks for the link. Your quilt is nice.

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    this is interesting...I would love to see how they look once washed a few times...I have used fray check and it works well..

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    Very nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    this is interesting...I would love to see how they look once washed a few times...I have used fray check and it works well..
    Yes, I am interested to see how it washes up, too. I think someone said that there will be threads to trim after washing. We'll see.

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    What do you do with the raw edges on these please???/

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    I found the instructions...just incase someone is wondering...they cut the squares to 7 1/2 inches...from a 10 inch block and then use the left overs for the binding. Then you sew the 7 1/2 inch to your white block all the way around...then cut down the middle each way. http://www.psiquilt.com/2011/06/sync...-along_23.html oh and the white squares are 10 inch squares.

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    hmmm...I have the 12 i/2 in square accuquilt die and a 8 1/2 inch square die...thinking that would also work and look great.

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    Yes, Carol. I'm sure you can do the squares any size you want and yours will end up being larger if you use the 12.5" squares, which will be nice. If you check the Flickr site (link in my first post) you'll see that several people used colors instead of the white background and Rachel also did another one all in prints, which was pretty cool! It's fun and quick, I just am not sure how to quilt it and I don't know how much I'll like the raw edges.

    Anyone have any suggestions for quilting?

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    Very pretty

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    I think I am going to try this...this does look like its going to be an awesome scrappy quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    I think I am going to try this...this does look like its going to be an awesome scrappy quilt.
    Don't finish before me... you'll make me feel bad! Haha.... just kidding! Looking forward to seeing yours! I hope to finish this weekend.

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    those fabrics are beautiful,& i love your choice for the background; seems to go along perfectly...

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    Quote Originally Posted by just_the_scraps_m'am
    those fabrics are beautiful,& i love your choice for the background; seems to go along perfectly...
    Thank you! I agonized over the background color! My first thought was yellow or warm beige, then I thought green and bought it... didn't like it... ended up buying another green and now I love it!

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    love the colors nice green pretty quilt

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    Is that pretty. I love the fabrics.

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    Is that pretty. I love the fabrics.

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    Interesting!

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    Will you be fringing the edges when it's done, like a rag quilt? I just love the colors that you picked. Your quilt has a very soothing, calming mood to it. Show us when it's finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaK
    Will you be fringing the edges when it's done, like a rag quilt? I just love the colors that you picked. Your quilt has a very soothing, calming mood to it. Show us when it's finished.
    Thank you Anna! I thought it was very soothing too! I think the raw edges are just supposed to fray and become fluffy when its washed, like those rag quilts. So I don't plan to do anything to them. I'll just have to see how it turns out. It's like those confetti quilts... have you seen them? I'm interested in trying one of those too!

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    really pretty I luv the colors but my favs are flowers any way

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    Beautiful.

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    Nice..love the color combination!

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