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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 1164576 views.

very nice, love those colors of course.  Piecing is so relaxing to me.  no decisions to make, just sewing.

I started on the Nova quilt this evening.  I don't think it would work well in novelties, so I decided to do it in red/white/blue and donate to a veteran's group that I quilt for.  Love the secondary star.  And apart from needing to press the diagonal seams open, very easy to sew.


Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


Gosh, that is *so* pretty!   What a great block.  It's going to look terrific when assembled into a quilt!

viola (sissly4)

From: viola (sissly4)


Is that the name of the pattern Nova? I sew for the VA ALSO.

The pattern name is Nova, by GE Designs.  here is a link to the PDF download pattern

and here is a link to the video - tho it goes very fast.

That is really going to be pretty  


From: YDritch


Just received this pattern in the mail!  With a cruise coming up on 9/16, not sure when I'll start it but sure do love the pattern.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


Sometimes, I am continually astonished at what a complete idiot I can be.  I have no idea what I was(n't) thinking when I made my original calculations on the size of my current Forever Project.

It's the Dillyflower project (also known as a HexDen.   Dillyflower is a better marketing name!)  The finished block is a BIG hexagon.  All of the hexagons nest together.  This makes estimating a finished size a little tricky.

In a NORMAL (square/rectangular) block, all you need to do is measure the width & height, then multiply by the number of blocks in the rows and columns.  No big deal.  Not so nested hexagons.   Here's a picture of nested hexagons. 

The *height* is straightforward .... from the top to the bottom.  The height of my block is 11.25" (finished).   The *width* is more problematical.  WHICH width do you use?  from point to point?  or the base seamline?   Neither one is accurate because of the nesting.  Eventually I decided to use *2* nested columns (the blue arrow). That's still not 100% accurate because a little bit extends beyond the blue arrow on the last column ... but close enough for estimates.  Let me state at this point, when I was starting this project, I had NOT figured out these measurements.  In retrospect, even the *height* would have been useful.  But, oh no ... I didn't measure it.  This ignorance came back to bite me, big time.

I made my graphic mock-up using EQ.  I probably used the finished measurements that EQ calculated, which is the ONLY thing I can think of that makes any sense.  Using EQ's calculations for size, my quilt top needed 12 hexies vertically and 11 hexies horizontally (nested).   Since January of this year (2022), I have blissfully been making Dillyflowers of the various colors and the background hexies to applique the Dillyflowers on to.  Just this week, August 2022, I finished all of the color flower blocks I needed.   [My idea is to have columns of Dillyflowers, alternating between color flowers on a neutral background and neutral flowers on a color background)

While the Dillyflowers are EPP and hand appliqued onto the background, I am machine piecing the background hexies together.  Last night I stitched all 12 blocks of the same color flower together.  Hmmmm.  It sure seemed kinda *long*.  It was at THIS POINT, I measure the height of the finished block.  It was 11.25".   OK .. now let's do some basic arithmetic.  12 blocks  times  11.25"/block yields .....  HOLY MOLEY .. 138".    THE TOP WAS GOING TO BE 138" LONG????????   I don't THINK so.  Cripes.

Aside: long, long ago, after quilting my 2nd king sized quilt, I vowed (in several languages) that I would never, ever make a king sized quilt again.  There is just TOO MUCH real estate to deal with.  Never mind that I also had at least one other king sized *top* waiting.  SIgh.   However, the take-away here is that NO MORE king sized tops.

What size is a more-or-less standard king sized top?  You'll find different specific measurements but the cheat sheet that I have used for years tells me a king sized top is about 106"x106".   Anyone with half a brain will immediately see that 138" is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay beyond a king sized top, even if you add in a  pillow tuck amount!


I now needed to refigured how many blocks I needed ... and let's make this a queen sized quilt.  Still big (at 86"x100") but manageable.   I knew with a sinking feeling that I would have "leftover" blocks ... blocks that I didn't need to make in the first place!   Good gosh .. all that handwork that I didn't need to do!  Sigh.

Anyway, recalculating for a queen sized quilt, I have determined that I need 9 blocks per column.   9 blocks times 11.25"/block yields 101" in height.  Good enough.   Now for the width .. again, it's a little trickier but using the 2 nested hexie figure, I came up with 4 sets of hexies.    4 hexie sets times 20.5"/set yields 82" in width (plus a tad more).  Good enough.

Yes, I have some leftover hexies.  Ugh.  Those will be repurposed into a smaller quilt.

Truly ... what an utter idiot I am.  Although I am rather pleased with the Dillyflower blocks, I would have happily NOT MADE all those 'extra' blocks.    The positive note is that while I *do* still need to make all of the neutral Dillyflowers on a color background, I now *KNOW* that I don't need to make as many as I did before!

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)


so sorry!! 

King size is a LOT of real sized king (or  would that be Emperor sized?) would be astronomical!

Whew! I read your entire message. Yes 130 something may work on the wall of a house with a 2 story living room....and only if there are no windows in thar space.

I would either do back art for your quilt or make a throw, table runners (plural), pillows or such.