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Another Play, Another Quilt

My husband has his first rehersal tonight for a new show. He's pretty excited. He loves the show (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), he got the part he wanted (Vice-Principal Panch), and he is just plain thrilled to be on the stage.

You know what that means for me, though. Lots of extra quilting time while he's at rehearsals. This time, I'm breaking with tradition. The previous two shows, I started new quilts, worked on them obsessively and pretty much had them finished by the time the show was over. For the sake of my wallet, I'm resisting the temptation to start a new quilt and instead am obsessively throwing myself into finishing one that's been languishing around the crafty room for months.

This quilt has officially become my Putnam County project. According to my blog, I started these sometime in January. I've been very slowly adding fabrics and blocks since then. I've made 12 blocks in the past three days bringing my grand total up to 48 blocks. I love so many of these blocks.

 Seriously, aren't they great?

My goal had been 63 blocks giving me a quilt measuring 56" by 72"- large enough to cover a twin bed, but just barely. I've been thinking about a little bit of quilt retreat wisdom, "No one ever said I wish this quilt were smaller." So, I've been pondering going up to 80 blocks. That would give me a more respectable twin size 64" by 80". But, I have enough fabric for 63 blocks. 80 blocks would definitely mean buying more fabric which is what I was trying to avoid in the first place by working on this quilt instead of starting another. What do you think? Stick with 63 or up it to 80 blocks?


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