I Never Would Have Believed It

In June of 2017, I started my own Irish Stars Quilt.  The goal was to make a queen size quilt using 1-1/2″ squares.  The bucket of 1-1/2″ squares was positively overflowing and I knew I would cut as I went along. (It would involve a total of 9749 pieces, if I calculated correctly.)


But, this week I realized that the bucket…was nearly EMPTY.


Obviously, I have done some cutting as I go along, but still, the stock has fallen short. And I still have a long ways to go.

Unless I change plans.

The true queen would have been 95″ square and contain 365 blocks (19×19 layout of 5″ squares).


Right now I have 133 star blocks and 141 chain blocks.  IF I change plans and go for an 85″ square quilt it will be only 289 blocks.  I would be REALLY close.


So…what do I do?  Change plans?  Be happy?   Press on?

17 thoughts on “I Never Would Have Believed It

  1. I am impressed. I didn’t feel that dent in the scraps from mine. LOL I think you should continue on if you want to have a larger quilt. I’m sure you have more fabric you can cut into. 🙂

  2. Don’t you have many other quilts on your “want to make” list? If it were me, I’d go for “done” and make 15 more blocks.

  3. Oh do please press on and cut more up! It’ll be so super duper on the bed when completed. On the other hand you could possibly call it a day and make a larger border. I’ve been scrabbling for squares – then chanced upon an old box of charm squares when sorting through and tidying. Some are the right size, others a little off, but at least I’ve got more variety now rather than using the same fabrics in the last few quilts! Still have a way to go and not done much since the photo I sent for you – the call of the vegetable patch interferes with sewing with mucky fingers.

  4. Quilting is a joyful endeavor. What is going to bring you the most joy? A king size quilt? A queen size quilt? Foraging on with your original plan or changing your plan? Do what makes your heart happy.

  5. In my world, I would set it aside, continue on another project with the goal of cutting more squares as time permits. What a great goal, to empty a container of squares!

  6. I know what I would do, but you should do what your heart wants. I didn’t realize your squares were only 5 inches, though I knew they were smaller than mine. I never did the math!

  7. I am loving these little stars!
    If you stop now, you will wish you hadn’t later. Woman up and press (and ✂️and sew) on! I’m dying to see it finished 😍

  8. Having never met you personally, but only thru emails, my guess is, that you are going to “Press On”, to meet your original plan, and later look back with a happy heart, that you accomplished what you set out to do. It is such a daunting task. You will be thrilled with the final product & absolutely love the end result, not only for the quilt itself, but most definitely for the fact, you stayed with it & saw it through. You do what you need to do, you will still be pleased that another quilt has made it through into existence. God’s speed, my friend. Always, Barbara Black, Charlotte NC

  9. Well, I hate to offer advice on something like this. You have to do what your heart feels is best. Those numbers are just killers though! That’s one reason I never count things like that – 9749 pieces would have made me never start the project in the first place. I look forward to seeing what you decide to do! I LOVE these Irish Stars blocks. ~smile~ Roseanne

  10. I think it depends on how much you need a queen sized quilt. If it makes no difference, then go for smaller and finished. If you really need it (or someone else for whom it is intended)needs queen, press and cut on.

  11. I have always thought that square quilts were difficult to place on a bed. I have been cutting along with you. I started this quilt along when you offered it and I am still cutting and sewing a few as leader/enders. You do such beautiful work and are so conscientious that I know you want a quilt that is useful to someone. Follow what your heart is telling you to do.

  12. When I make a quilt for my queen mattress I aim for 88″x98″ to allow for a bit of shrinkage after quilting and a wash. The last quilt I made finished at 87″x94″. The next one I make will have a 3″, 4″, or 5″ border. It will stabilize the edges and wear better. Perhaps you could aim for an 82″x92″ or a 78″x88″ size by adding a border?

  13. Oh. I should have mentioned that I prewash and iron all fabrics in any quilt and the back as well. This might figure strongly in anyone else’s calculations. In my case it makes for more accurate piecing and less shrinkage. Any smaller cuts from trades or swaps I soak in water, rinse well, dry, and iron.

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