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DukTape
Warming Up

USA
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Posted - 01/16/2005 :  10:36:16 PM  Show Profile Send DukTape a Private Message
There's this dumb baby blanket project that some numbskull thought up, and it seems that I am going to have to knit the "squares" together. People were to contribute 8" squares. Some of the squares aren't that size, and some aren't very square. I'll need to knit to fill in spaces, and I think it'll look neat if I get the squares arranged just right, but I'm not sure how to go about it. I want there to be some odd sizes of rectangles in there, but I want it to look as if it was done on purpose. Have nay of you guys done a crazy quilt sort of project like this? How did you manage it?

Oh, btw, the dimwit that came up with the idea was me.

"I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific." -- Lily Tomlin

BLN3320
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Posted - 01/16/2005 :  11:56:48 PM  Show Profile Send BLN3320 a Private Message
My heart goes out to you. Take care. Beverley

Bev
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mochajulie
New Pal

49 Posts

Posted - 01/17/2005 :  08:24:30 AM  Show Profile Send mochajulie a Private Message
Hi, sounds like a lot of work (to me anyway)But the quilts that many friends contribute to are so special. Here's what I would do.
Try to get all the squares and rectangles in measurements of mutiples. 8 inch squares, or 16 inch rectangles, or even 4 inches. So they will all fit evenly and your borders will be squared. Then start laying them out in patterns till it looks right in regards to colors and sizes. It should turn out to be quite fun.
Good luck,
Julie
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kekokat
Seriously Hooked

USA
845 Posts

Posted - 01/17/2005 :  1:49:29 PM  Show Profile Send kekokat a Private Message
We did something like that at my school. Faculty knit squares and we auctioned the thing at our fund-raiser. Anyway, we had some of the same issues. Did you block the squares? That can help.
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Ivynforestsmom
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465 Posts

Posted - 01/17/2005 :  4:26:21 PM  Show Profile Send Ivynforestsmom a Private Message
Mmm, very helpful suggestions. I've found myself in a similar bind. My dd has been knitting these crazy swatches since she learned how to knit 2 years ago. She's got a box full of them that she continues to add to. She swears that one day she'll have enough to stitch together in a blanket.
[Which really means that one day she'll-have-enough-squares-for-me-to-stitch-together]
Of course, each one is a different size.

Yvonne
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sallyjo
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USA
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Posted - 01/17/2005 :  4:58:08 PM  Show Profile Send sallyjo a Private Message
Do you know anyone who crochets? That might be a good way to fill.
And ditto on what Bev says!!

"as if God had shrugged his shoulders (and) presently our civilization will once again belong to the misshapen, the moonstruck, and the damned" Woolcott Gibbs
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DukTape
Warming Up

USA
97 Posts

Posted - 01/17/2005 :  9:08:38 PM  Show Profile Send DukTape a Private Message
Thanks, guys. I did finish up another of these blankets a couple of days ago, but 6 out of 12 of the squares were pretty close to the specified measurement. One lady sent six squares that were 5" each, and I just knitted a border around them, then crocheted all the pieces together. I am not much of a crocheter. I need to stop coming up with these ideas. Oh, but there's another one going, and for that one the others are going to give me their pieces as they are completed, and I'll just knit my parts onto them. Ought to work a lot better.

"I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific." -- Lily Tomlin
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carols
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Posted - 01/18/2005 :  05:26:02 AM  Show Profile Send carols a Private Message
You can try blocking some of the squares to stretch them a bit, and you could try single crocheting around the ones that are too small. Good luck!
Carol S.
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