Does your fabric talk to you???
I swear I hear my fabric shout at me to use it to make a specific quilt pattern. I found this delicious Kaufman floral print fabric and it kept yelling at me kaleidoscope, four patch kaleidoscope…. Then once I sewed the blocks together the fabric started yelling at me… HIP TO BE SQUARE ( pattern by Amy Davison of Goodrich MI) setting style.
So here are my pictures of my quilt in progress. I will be writing more about it as I go along… I have several blogs planned talking about : my recent mini-Quilt retreat, the Gathering Ladies and events that occurred in July.
The fabric is lusious, each block is about 4-1/2 inches but that varied block to block. There is a little less than 1/2 inch between the blocks so the seam allowances end up way scant. I really wish fabric designer would take into account how fabrics are actually used…. 3/4 of an inch would have been better for my project.
What would you do with this fabric??
I took four of the same blocks and pieced them together. None of the blocks came out exactly, even so I floated each block in the sashing. I then had to figure the sashing making them extra long and squaring up the fabric after each step. I sewed the top sashing on squared it then sewed the side sashing on. The blocks were over size so I then carefully squared up the blocks to 12-1/2 inches.
Four patches when sewn together varied in finished size. I had to recut my sashing strips about 1/2 inch bigger. I then squared the ends of the top and bottom sashing to be even with the block.
Only then did I sew on my side sashing. I then squared up the block to 12- 1/2 inch square making sure my upper right corner was always consitent. I am hoping that I will have the illusion of correctly made blocks, as that is where the secondary pattern will develope.
I laid out the blocks with the first set of sashing sewn together with the second set of sashing just to see what it looks like.
This is my first completed block… I need 8 more for sure. Each section is 27 inches x 27 inches. I am not sure if I have enough fabric to make the queen size quilt I am hoping for. I do need to watch placement of my colors. I got the two heavy / dark colored blocks to close together. I think in the future I will make all the blocks with the first sashing on and then put them on the design wall before I go to the second sashing set so I can balance out the blocks more.
The thing is before I can work on this quilt for myself I have the funraiser quilt I need to work on and finish. It is due in two weeks. I think that is what I am going to work on tonight. Grandson is gone with the other grandparents for vacation… so I will need to get busy in the evenings while the stitching time is there.