Friday, May 25, 2018

Daydreaming again

Several years ago I fell in love with the Moda Building Blocks sampler. I really liked the way the blocks fit together like a puzzle and also how every block was different so you wouldn't get bored. But I never bought the pattern. And it isn't quite large enough to be bed-sized. And then I heard there were a lot of errors. And now the pattern is pretty scarce as it's only available in print. And I'm a cheapass.

So I decided to design my own. My sketch is 90" wide x 96" long, so plenty large enough to cover our queen bed even with shrinkage. Most of the 6" blocks are pretty simple while the larger ones are generally a little more complicated. The sketch is in grayscale so that I could get a fairly even distribution of values. The blocks all use easy to piece units, like basic squares/rectangles, HSTs, flying geese, diamond in squares, and i don't know what to call the blocks that have small triangles in the corners. but those too. there aren't any Y-seams or paper-piecing. i wanted this to be fun and achievable. a lot of the blocks are traditional, but a few I just made up/unvented.

I really want to use 30s inspired fabrics, so I pulled over a hundred fabrics from my stash. I actually desperately wanted to buy a FQ bundle but I am trying very hard not to purchase quilting fabric since I have so much already. I haven't bought any quilting fabric at all this year, and only a yard or so last year. The colors I pulled for the sampler are white, pink, red, yellow, green, aqua, and navy. I plan to use a lot of different colored solids for the block backgrounds rather than using all white. I may need to tweak the layout as I go depending on fabric usage. but that's the nice thing about designing your own quilt. if you run out of a certain fabric you can just change the blocks to suit whatever you have.

I can't believe I'm going to start another bed quilt after how bored I got with the first one. But this is totally different because you get to make unique blocks all the time! plus I will definitely send this out to a longarm quilter. I have no desire to try to do it myself on a quilt this large. There are 57 blocks total, so I'm hoping I can work on it a little every day when I'm not free motion quilting another quilt (because I don't want to go back and forth on my machine settings). I'm going to start with the largest blocks and work my way towards the smaller ones. my goal is to have a finished top by the end of summer.

First step is to wash and starch all those fabrics, which honestly totally blows. but it'll be worth it in the end.

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