In case you're wondering where I've been these days, I'm still knee deep in my scraps making blocks!
You're looking at 350 here! At first I was going to make the quilt a bit smaller than the original pattern. Yesterday I measured the rails on my longarm and found that I had plenty of room to make the full quilt, which takes 440 - 5" squares!
I stack them in sections of 10 with 100 in each stack. I realized I had to have a system so I would know just where I am in the count. My memory isn't as good as it used to be!
The other day I began to realize that I may run out of scraps. I am really trying hard not to have very many fabric repeats. Then I realized I had stacks of partially used charm squares. I wasn't sure if I could get a 5" block from them, but it turns out I can! I just have to be very careful when trimming them down. I cut them on the diagonal and use a 7" strip down the middle. That gives me just enough to trim off the pinked sides and a bit more.
One of the reasons Mr. Squash and I moved to this side of the state for our retirement was to have more defined seasons. In four winters here we haven't had much snow - until the past few days! I swear we've had close to a foot. It's just gorgeous - light and fluffy because it's been so cold. It's even relatively easy to drive in. I took this photo from the dining room yesterday morning.
This was taken on Thursday. Mr. Squash goes out every day and completely clears the driveway, sidewalk and walkway. What a trooper. A friend of mine said she wasn't sure if he was waving in the photo or "making a gesture" under that glove!