Before going on vacation, I kitted up the Irish chain. After sewing leaders and enders 2″ darks and lights for the past several months, I decided I had better count the 2-patches to see how many I had completed. 344! OK.
I needed a total of 528 of those!
Reading the rest of the instructions again, I cut the 66 center cream rectangles by cutting 8″ strips and subcutting each of those at 5″ intervals. Not a bad task.
Next, I got my AccuQuilt GO! and cut 2″ cream strips. If I need 132 – 2″x5″ rectangles, and I can get 8 rectangles per strip, how many strips do I need to cut?
Gasp! My fifth grade math teacher was right! We can and do use math every day to figure out life’s puzzles!
That answer, plus needing 132 – 2″x2″ cream squares, got me on a roll. In very little time, I had all the cream kitted up.
Next, I tackled cutting the dark 2″ squares from scraps. I didnt even count those. I need 1,122 total and have only sewn 344. I didn’t have that many left in the previous kitting up effort, so I just cut 2″ strips until I got tired. Then I turned them all at a 90° angle on the GO! and “ta da”– 2″ squares magically appeared.
I made some 2″ squares from lights as well for good measure. Turns out, I made more than needed. Oh boy, another quilt already started!