Cool to Be Square Blog Hop

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Carol, from Just Let Me Quilt is hosting “It’s Cool to be Square” Blog Hop!

Yes, another blog Hop.  This one is fun … all about Squares!

When I was thinking about this blog hop, I was thinking about quilts with squares … what can be more square than a Disappearing 9 Patch? And I need a baby quilt for a baby to be born in the future!

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_37feSo …  I looked through my “kids” box and came up with this fabric.  I think I had a Disappearing 9 patch in mind when I bought it.

When I started cutting the squares, I got cross with myself!  First, when I bought the fabric, I obviously wasn’t thinking about how these panels are rarely square.  This one proved it.  Second, as I cut the squares, they came out at “stupid” size.  Who in their right mind wants to cut squares that are 4 3/8″ … no one.  Certainly not me!

However, I wanted to use this fabric and so I persevered, cutting each little block at 4 3/8″.   The green became the centre block, the animals were in the 4 corners and the yellow was the middle blocks.  (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture.)  When the blocks were all made, they were cut in half, horizontally and vertically.  Then arranged on the design wall, webbed together and sewn into a top.LBGxAUQRSt6gvOa5ORDJTg_thumb_3805

I know that some eagle eyes will notice that the binding is not completed on the lower right corner of the quilt … I like to sew the label into the binding, but I can’t make the label until the baby is born … it’ll be a quick finish once I have the baby’s details!

It was a fun quilt to quilt!  Each animal was outlined and then micro-stippled around it.  The blocks were all stitched in the ditch.  The green blocks had orange peels around them.  Swirls were stitched in all the yellow areas.



Here is the schedule of the blogs involved in the “Cool to be Square” blog hop!

May 18

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Life in the Scrapatch

Day Brook Designs

Songbird Designs

The Darling Dogwood

Kathleen McMusing

Quilting Gail   This is me!!!   You are already here!

May 19



Quilt In A Not-Shell

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Seams To Be Sew

Daughters of Dorinda

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

May 20

Ms P Designs USA

Selina Quilts

Karen’s Korner

Just Because Quilts

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Sew Many Yarns

May 21



Quilt Schmilt

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

May 22

Just Let Me Quilt

Vroomans Quilts

Patchouli Moon Studio

Den syende himmel

Quilt Fabrication

Samelia’s Mum

Stash Report

SS yellow

Cool to be Square used 4.5 yards of fabric.

  • Fabric Used this week       4.5  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        145 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      9.5
  • Net Fabric used                    134.5  yards

Stitchin’ Time

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!  I switched to 30 minutes/day from 15 in April!

  • 15 minute days:  January – Apr. 120 / 121
  • 30 min days/  May – 17/17
  • Total days in 2020:  137 / 138
  • Percentage = 99% 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  


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70 thoughts on “Cool to Be Square Blog Hop

  1. In spite of 4-3/8, the quilt came out fabulous! The way the animal directions flip around gives a lot of movement. Wonderful job!

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    • Hi Sharon,
      The one thing I always try to remember when I leave binding open for finishing is to include a little note with what thread I was using … nothing more frustrating in having to figure that out!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  3. This is adorable and full of the cutest ever animals…love it! Great idea to get it all done except for the corner to add a label. I’ll have to remember that! Thank you for being such a cool blog hopper!

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  4. OMG that was the perfect way to use those little panel animals. It was worth your time to cut them to the 4 3/8″. Hmmm seems to me I might have some little panel animals in the cupboard. Hey cut that out I don’t need to start something new right now, LOL

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  5. Beautiful finish and a perfect baby quilt! The green and yellow fabrics you picked are wonderful and give this quilt a very different look from most DP9 Patch quilts. Well worth the extra effort to cut the odd size squares. I find panels are very often like that, odd sizes and hard to cut square sometimes. What a great idea to leave the corner open to add the label. Thanks for sharing … 🙂 Pat

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  6. Hi Gail! This is one cute quilt. All those little animals from the panel are smiling so nicely. They look very friendly. And that yellow dotted fabric is fab – it reads as yellow from a distance and it’s equally fun up close. Great job! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  7. Panel prints are so cute, but they do come in strange sizes. You have mastered them with this quilt though. Great job. It is just adorable. Some special little one is going to cherish it! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Joan!
      This quilt is just waiting for the little one to be born … I’m not sure of the baby’s due date – but I’m sure I’ll find out when he/she arrives!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  8. Isn’t it frustrating how panel prints are printed unevenly? At least they could leave wider margins around the motifs….but you rescued these wonderfully!

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  9. I love this… I know that cutting those squares had to get a bit on the tedious size. I wouldn’t have been happy with the 4 3/8s sizes either as it’s hard to follow that kind of line on a ruler, but you did an amazing job of it. I also love how this is quilted. It really makes those animals stand out.

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    • Hi Marian!
      From one of the free motion instructors (not sure who), they said that the area you don’t quilt is the area that will stand out. That certainly worked for this quilt!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


    • Thanks, Wendy!
      I can assure you that I thought some not-nice things as I was cutting those squares!
      But, in the end, I’m glad that I stuck with it!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  10. A baby sleeping under that quilt will be covered in love…that’s the best sentiment. You did a marvelous job with this quilt…I love the way it turned out…the colors are perfect…the panel is so much cuter the way you arranged it. You are truly ‘Cool to be Square’.

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  11. this is just lovely. one happy quilt for one happy baby. baby will have fun with this as he/she grows up. nice job. i love the quilting you did. makes the animals stand out wonderfully. thanks for sharing and inspiring

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    • Hi Lori!
      Thanks for your kind words! There are different numbers of animals in it – so this might also make for a good counting quilt!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  12. What a sweet quilt and your care in the quilting just really shows the love you put into it. I love how you took those measurements in stride. I agree, why can’t panels be better? Accuracy counts so much you would think that it would be important to create a panel that is.

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    • Hi Carla!
      Thank you! It did take a lot of time to quilt! but I enjoyed it!
      I think it might be safe to assume that panel designers figure their panels will be used “as is.” And they don’t consider that people may have other uses for them!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  13. Very cute! I wondered how those animals would look in your disappearing 9 patch but putting them in the corners prevented them from getting cut up. I like the way they are scattered on the quilt too. Thanks for sharing!

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