I unpacked the pre-packaged 2 and a half inch strips and laid them out to look at the color, patterns and value progression.
Hmm - 10 different fabrics with 2 strips (WOF) of each color. It needed a few more neutrals to carry the progression and balance the almost solid watercolor batik in darker turquoise I had already purchased
INTO THE STASH!!!
I ended up with 8 colors and 8 neutrals (one was repeated).
|Color strips paired with their neutral strips|
The color strips yielded 7 blocks of each color for a total of 56. It took a bit of quilt math to get the strip cuts figured out to maximize the fabric I had. I only needed 55 for this layout or 61 to even out the rows. I opted to just have an extra 9 patch block, which is probably going to end up on the back of the quilt. Lots of chain piecing to get this done quickly!
The blocks were stitched into 4 sections and then the four sections joined, though that's not pictured here.
I auditioned the dark turquoise solid for either a 2-4 inch border or just a binding.
I decided on using it for a binding, skipping a border on this quilt. The top is pieced and ready to go with me next week to be layered.
Of course, I had some special help in the studio while stitching this top and can't resist sharing them with you.
Time to start thinking about the New Quilt from Old Favorites 9 Patch and packing up some fabric for that to take with on my Road Trip, too.
Intrigued? More on the Road Trip later...there will be quilts and fabrics involved!