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July 5, 2019
Irish Stars Layout from Wedding Dress Blue

The end is in sight.

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Hoping to have an assembled top in the next week or so.

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June 20, 2019
323 of 323 from Wedding Dress Blue

The blocks for the Irish Stars quilt are finally complete:  323.

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I started piecing in June of 2017, approximately two years ago. The original plan was for a 19 x 19 layout (which would have been 361 blocks), but fatigue and good advice suggested it was possible to finish at 17 x 19 and still have a quilt 85″ x 95″ and NOT square, which can seem awkward on beds.

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It seemed a worthwhile suggestion and a functional compromise.  Obviously, as quilters know, done with the blocks is a long ways from DONE-done, but it is one step closer.

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April 5, 2019
I Never Would Have Believed It from Wedding Dress Blue

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.)

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

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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 ...

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May 24, 2018
Irish Stars Update: 181 of 361 from Wedding Dress Blue

Records indicate that I started my Irish Stars quilt about June 1, 2017.

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In just under a year there are 181 blocks complete of 361 total needed to make a queen size quilt out of 1-1/2″ base squares.

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My goal is to finish the second half in the next year and have the entire quilt complete before I turn 52–October 2019.  Realistic?

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January 16, 2018
Irish Stars Update: 130 Of 361 from Wedding Dress Blue

How is your Irish Stars quilt coming?  Mine is coming.  Slowly.  It is just going to take a long time.

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But, I have passed the 1/3 mark with 130 of 361 blocks complete.

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Only about 1-1/2 more years and I should be finished.  At least at the rate I am going.  Everyday people think I am joking when I say something like that, but fellow quilters understand.

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October 25, 2017
Irish Star Quiltalong: Progress Update from Wedding Dress Blue

Many of you reported on your progress, and some sent pictures.

Neralie (a beautiful name) in Australia has already finished a small one!  And she has another planned.  It took my breath away to see one finished.  Amazing!

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Ruth has been cutting and cutting–two days worth.  Her color scheme is so pretty!

Meloney is sewing blocks–she has 46 of 81 chain blocks complete.  Her color scheme is very controlled and will be striking.

P1010404Randy’s also has controlled colors…and she has a very nice design wall.

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Claire created this solids-only beauty at her Fall Retreat using 3-inch ...

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October 7, 2017
Irish Stars: Check In from Wedding Dress Blue

How is your Irish Stars quilt coming along?

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Mine is…coming…slowly.  But, I knew it would.  One does not finish 361 blocks in a day, or even a week, or even a year.  I am at 82 blocks, and loving every one of them.  It is very satisfying to see my small stack grow larger.

Anyway, please feel free to comment below or to send pictures (weddingdressblue at gmail dot com).  I will share all pictures received in a post early next week so we can continue to cheer each other on.

Remember:  NOT A RACE.  Just like-minded people ...

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