Freefall Spring Quilt Along 2017
My dear friend, Sandra, at mmm! Quilts is in the midst of her Spring Quilt Along, and I'm finally getting to show you my progress. Details can be found HERE, and the second linky HERE. The pattern is being issued biweekly for free so be sure to download it as it comes out.
About that black leaf: First of all you're thinking, "That doesn't look very spring-y." And I would fully agree with you. But I would also say I thought this project through ahead of time--for once, and knew I would be more inclined to use this as a late summer/early fall wall hanging than spring. The first fabric I had to choose with that in mind was the background. Moda Grunge in a rusty orange was an obvious first pick. Then I raided all my Art Gallery Fabrics, and without regard to color or print, I combined them. It was like making Kitchen Sink Soup. They were all going in. The one factor that they would have in common was they had nothing in common. But these are really beautiful fabrics and gorgeous prints! I had faith. It would work.
I started off by making one simple test block from cheap fabric. This saved me more times than you could guess! I'm a visual-spatial person, and work best by looking at how something's constructed.
Then I cut out all my fabric according to the instructions, laid out the Moda Grunge piece of fabric intended for the giant leaf, and laid the small leaf palettes on, off, and half on/off to determine placement.
Is it scaring you yet? (I was a little worried at this point, too.)
Then I started making blocks.
The colors do not 'go together', but they do
exist like this in nature.
There were a few mishaps with the leaf points. I had made my own paper templates to paper piece with, cut my fabrics for the outer portions much larger than called for, and I still screwed it up. Remember there are no Quilt Police! I just added a flap to the corner with a scrap, and if I hadn't pointed it out you would never know. This isn't the only block I had to patch either.
It almost makes my eyes hurt. No, really, by this
point I was convincing myself the fabrics went together.
Art Galley Fabrics feel like silk, and have
One does actually match!
Beautifully appropriate with 'deers In the woods' as one
young son used to talk about while going to sleep.
This is the end of the first sewing installment, and I'm eagerly looking forward to making and sharing the next. Like all blocks that get a little complicated, I had to relax and take my time. The blocks did take time to sew, but I found that laying out several at once was helpful to me, and then chain sewing. I think it's going to be a very beautiful, if not flat out interesting looking piece when finished. I hope you check back in a few weeks.
Where it's never boring.
Come on, Doxie girls.