Crazy is exactly what that is! So while several of my Instagram (IG) peeps who are inch by inch quilting along with me are doing it that way, and I greatly admire they're patience, I've got enough EPP projects going and decided to take a different approach. Working with a huge variety of small scraps eliminated the option for strip piecing, so I went with the fusible method.
I kind of just figured it out myself but after having people on IG ask about it, I googled and found this great tutorial by Elizabeth Hartman. I had drawn a 3" grid on my interfacing to help me align my 1.5" squares, but she suggested drawing the grid once and reusing it, which I might implement next time.
Ironing the seams open on this project seemed like the best way to go, since "nesting" didn't come into play and with the bulkiness from the interfacing I thought it would lay flatter. The dark/light side thing wasn't an issue either, since these colors and values were all over the board and the interfacing helped eliminate transparencies in the fabric. Normally I find it irritating and finicky to iron seams open, but the stiffness from the interfacing made these spread apart quite easily for me.
This whole quilting with teeny squares thing is a neat idea, but obviously not a new one. A couple Instagram peeps started doing it four months ago, I suggested we use the hashtag #inchbyinchquilt (my one and only major contribution to the whole thing) and soon it turned into an international scrap swap involving 10 people officially and several others unofficially. Recently a new round of swapping has started, which I'm not participating in because I still have a ton of scraps to cut from the first round and I'm not sure I'll ever end up using them all.
#inchbyinchquilt photo pool. Pretty cool stuff, right?! It's fun seeing everyone else make progress, motivating and inspirational too! I'll keep adding my shots as I make headway and it will be neat to watch the new crop of IG peeps inching right along with us. Have you ever made a postage stamp quilt? I googled and found this tutorial by Rita at Red Pepper Quilts, which looks pretty neat.
I'm headed off to see the latest Twilight movie with a couple of coworkers, which we've done together for a few years now. This is the last one though... Ah, the end of an era!