Friday, August 27, 2021

Postage Stamp Quilt Started


I have started another quilt. I've been wanting to make it since at least September 2019.  I had to do some digging on my blog to find that I called it postage stamp and not checkerboard.

I started cutting some 1 1/2" stamps, but then I got distracted with other projects. I started sewing these on Tuesday so I am starting the clock on Tuesday. 

My plan is to use a very saturated color for a constant, and use up all my scraps for the alternating block. This is based on a quilt that Lynn made.

My current plan is to use an uneven number of rows, so that the constant is in all four corners of the block. This will interrupt the checkerboard, so I will have to reevaluate this decision when the next block is made.. I may have to add another row to go back to uneven if I don't like the look.



These paper plates were leftover from Thanksgiving, and there aren't enough for a full Thanksgiving meal, so I decided to use it for these blocks.

 I was worried that there may not be balance in the whole quilt since I am cutting as I go. This quilt uses a LOT of stamps. I have three trays - one for lights, medium, and dark so that I can make sure I include all three in each block. I haven't been thinking that hard about which tray to put each charm in since there is no downside in choosing the wrong value.

I will have to decide what proportion that I will be using. I need to use enough lights to maintain the checkerboard. I really like the way the darks form confetti on Lynn's quilt so I want lots of those, and then the mediums have to be used up, so I might just go with a third of each.

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Queeniepatch said...

It's a good idea to have a constant, that way each little stamp will stand out. Excellent for the 'I Spy' feeling it will give you.
It is always a good idea to keep the cut pieces in different boxes, or plates, so you easily can get the right value in each block.
Have fun!

Robin said...

I love that plum color!!! It is so delightful. This will be a fun project.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I think using an uneven number of rows will give the effect of crosswise striped sashing with a big block for a cornerstone. It will not have as much of a checkerboard look but might be interesting.

JanineMarie said...

This is so cool. I love how the quilt you are basing it on looks woven. Fun use of the leftover Thanksgiving plates, too.

Kyle said...

It will be fun to watch this project evolve.

O'Quilts said...

Lovely one patch I just love them!! Such a fun way to play with color
Good job Shasta

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

This is going to be so great!!
and of course - that is a great way to use paper plates!!!

Sandra Walker said...

Great use of those paper plates, and I like what you said about there being no downside. Must remember that! I love that berry coloured Grunge!

Tanya said...

1 1/2 inches is pretty small! Is this going to be a long-term project? I think I've been throwing my 1 1/2 inch scraps away. Heaven forbid I start a Postage Stamp quilt!

Rose said...

That is a lot of make me want to try one, though. I checked out the link to the one and it is amazing. and i loved the quilt she had on the bed, too.