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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Remember the Y2K Quilt Craze?

Once upon a time, at the height of my quilting addiction, members of the WWQP were swapping "squishies" and "siggies".  The squishies were packets of 25 different fabric charms, each 2.5 inches square.  The siggies were signed signature squares.  What a fun thing it was to reach into the mail box and receive more squishies!

Our goal (challenge) was to make a 2000 piece Y2K charm quilt.  Signature squares were included either on the front or the back of the quilt. Design was of our choice. (If you google "y2k quilt" under "images" you will find many examples.)

My Y2KQ was finished in the Year 2000 and was accepted into an exhibit at the Houston quilt festival (2001??).  It was a huge queen size quilt.

Four years ago I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  My quilting libido waned. But last fall I decided to duplicate my Y2KQ with one of smaller size.  This time, each square will be 1 inch finished (using a 1/8 inch seam) and the finished quilt will be small enough to hang on the wall as an art quilt.

It's not done but I can't wait any longer to show you.  So far I have completed 1400 squares.  Only 600 more to go.

The assembly is done in blocks of 25 squares (5x5).  I've photographed the original and have it on my computer screen where I can view each square as I select the fabrics.  I lay them out a square at a time, stitch, then assemble by rows.  My vintage Singer 15-91, which is a super-duper gear-driven machine from the 1940s, is doing the stitching. 

So what do you think? Am I crazy or what!!!! LOL