My goal for today was to finish piecing the Racetrack Quilt top, and I am happy to say that I had it done before 8pm. That certainly counts as a Friday Finish, right? As I was working on laying out the blocks earlier this week, I ended up making some changes in the fabric combinations for each block as compared to my initial layout in EQ5. My goal was to keep each of the 12 fabrics used once in the top two rows and once in the bottom two rows of the quilt, to have one print and one solid used in each block, to not use the same fabrics in two blocks, and to get a decent mix of light and dark across the quilt. Yeah, that’s a lot to think about, but in the end I am really happy with the way the quilt top came together.
It is worth noting that my husband and I walked 7 miles today. We walked 4 miles round trip to get lunch downtown (I had half the blocks pieced before lunch), and then we took our typical 3 mile walk around our neighborhood in the evening (after 9 blocks were pieced together).
There are not too many scraps left over from the fat quarters, either. Initially I thought there would be a 1.5 inch wide by 8 inch long strip of each fabric left over, but there is also a 3.5 inch wide by 3 to 6 inch long scrap of each fabric, too. Certainly not enough to make another quilt just from the scraps the way I was able to with left over fabric from Tessellated Leaves (Scrap Quilt, Groovy Scrap Quilt)!
Racetrack Quilt Flimsy Finish Statistics
- Fat quarter bundle curated by Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs for Alyssa @Pile O’Fabric
- 48.5 inches wide by 64.5 inches long
- 6 hours of work
- Fabric Prep: 1.5 hours
- Piecing: 4.5 hours