Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Another Nearly Insane Row Finished!

I've finished the rest of the blocks for the current Nearly Insane row under construction. There were 11 blocks in this row, 6 of which I had completed in my last post about NI. I didn't have to piece the half blocks because I had pieced them earlier.


This block was fairly easy to piece.

All the blocks in the group were fairly easy, except #44.
I've decided this flowered fabric looks best if I just use a small amount at a time.

Sometimes I look at the pattern and wonder how this is going to work. I just keep sewing and they come together just fine.


Originally I had used the white fabric completely on the corners. But then it just stuck out and didn't blend in with the rest of the blocks. I used flippy corners and added the dark triangle corners.
I'm not fond of this block but I don't hate it.

What I don't like is the corners. I think I would like the block better if the  stripes ran diagonally instead of the way they do.

She's staying though


This is block #44 and was a challenge (for me anyway!) to piece.

I don't mind set in seams but not with pieces this tiny. I divided the background fabric in half and paper pieced them along with the diamonds. It worked! 

Because I was so busy worrying about the stars, I didn't put enough thought into the center pinwheel. I should have used a dark blue in place of the light blue. Oh well, I'm not going to redo her. Finished is better than perfect. 

Block #44 originally had 52 pieces but with the changes I made to piecing her, there are 76 pieces.

I'm keeping track of all the pieces in this quilt. Son #2 is an accountant. I'll give him the job of adding up all the numbers.


This is what my Nearly Insane looks like so far. The row I just finished is on the right side. I haven't attached the row to the body. I'm making the center in 2 halves. I'll sew them together when the 2nd half is finished.

I'm trying to make a row a month. This row finish is May's row because I started this row in May but I finished her in June. I'll try to make a June row this month if I have time, it depends on how the 2nd cutting of hay making goes.

Linking to - BOM'S Away, Quilter's Monday, Fiber Tuesday, Sew Fresh Quilts, TGIFF!, Crazy Mom Quilts, Show Off Saturday, Quilting is More Fun Than Housework!

29 comments:

  1. it is looking great and after I have been doing my tiny little blocks I remember so much what they are like and why I had said never another Dear Jane - and glad I never did start the Nearly Insane - I actually traded that book off to someone - I wonder if she ever made it.

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    1. I've learned to enjoy paper piecing. I did not want to make a second Jane so I decided on Nearly Insane. I don't know if I'll start another small pieced project when this quilt is finished.

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  2. It is looking beautiful. Well done with this stunning quilt.

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  3. It is an amazing quilt and your's is gorgeous already. I'm enlarging some of them into 30" baby quilts out of one block for our Neonatal unit - I admire all those blocks but didn't want to go Nearly Insane - lol.

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    1. The baby quilts you make from enlarged NI blocks are very cute. That's a great idea to enlarge the blocks for crib quilts.

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  4. This quilt looks awesome so far! Great fabric layout in your blocks!

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    1. As I make each block, I check to see what the blocks next to it look like so I can vary the dark and light blocks.

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  5. I love the blocks. Especially the Star Block.
    I really admire your tenacity! Looking good 😊

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    1. By the time I got the star block finished, I was ready for this row to be finished.

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  6. It is beautiful blocks..
    Thanks a lot for sharing this information ..click hare..

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  7. So exciting to see this on the downhill side! That block 44 would be challenging for anyone with those tiny 8pt stars. Also, I can't believe you already have the hand quilting on the other project to the point where the borders are now rolling out - so close!!

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    1. It feels so good to be past the halfway point on this quilt. It seems like the hand quilting has gone fast on the churn dash quilt and I have enjoyed every stitch.

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  8. You piece beautifully! Your hand quilting is exquisite! You blog! You work on your farm! Truly amazing, Gretchen! I am in awe!

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    1. Sometimes it seems like I don't make progress but I just keep on going and the progress happens. I'm determined not to get side tracked with any other projects this summer. I want to just keep on working on my projects that already started.

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  9. Wow! This is turning out great. Love the blue and white. It makes the blocks really shine.

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    1. I love blues, they make me happy. I'm pleased with the way this quilt is looking.

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  10. This quilt is truly stunning. I hope you are enjoying making it, and are loving the results.

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    1. Yes, I am very pleased with the way she is looking and I'm enjoying most of the process too. Sometimes I have to think awhile about how a block should be pieced but I get it completed one way or another.

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  11. Wow Just Wow. I had not heard of a Nearly Insane quilt, but when I realized how tiny each block is, I understood the name. I am amazed at your perseverance, and a blue quilt is always pretty. This is truly a labor of love and absolutely stunning.

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  12. This is just stunning!! What an heirloom this will be for many, many years to come.

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  13. That is amazing! Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap! Love your color choices.

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  14. Your color choices mix together so well. I'm so impressed that you are doing this quilt. How,large are,the blocks. They must be,pretty small to do so many. I would be totally insane after two rows. Keep up the good work!

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    1. These blocks finish at 6". I've been making a row at a time. I have to do other projects in between rows or I would go insane. There is just something about paper piecing that is addictive!

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