The title of my post should probably be Design Table Monday, because that is where I've been most of the time recently. Much of the weekend was spent pulling out tons of fabrics from my shelves, all in a search for the perfect combination for a new project. Does that perfection exist within the confines of my stash? Probably not, but I'm okay with where I ended up, and the search itself is kind of fun.
It all started with an email last week from Edyta Sitar at Laundry Basket Quilts. She is going to be hosting a quilt along of her Alaska Rainbow quilt. Here is one of the photos of the beautiful quilt from her blog post announcement.
|Alaska Rainbow quilt along, Laundry Basket Quilts|
The quilt along is starting this Friday, Oct. 9th, and will last for six weeks. It seems like a lot to do in six weeks, but I'm up for the challenge. There are links in her blog post to purchase the pattern, which is necessary. You can also buy a set of templates for cutting, you can buy a kit of the same fabrics, or you can even get a kit with all the fabric pieces already cut out for you.
Now I love a good rainbow quilt design as much as the next person, but I just can't bring myself to make the same quilt as everyone else. I guess I'm a rebel in that regard. I've been wanting to make another quilt with fall colors and decided to use those for this pattern. The challenge was in choosing the right combination of fabrics. I make so many scrappy quilts and find it much easier to choose 20 or 30 or 50 fabrics for a quilt rather than just six or eight. I got my inspiration for color selection/placement from an alternate version of the Alaska quilt.
I like the gradation of blues from light to dark in this quilt. I am trying to achieve a similar gradation with my autumn colors. To test them out, I laid the fabrics in value order (light to dark) on the cutting table and took some black and white photos. After rearranging and/or replacing things a couple times, this is where I am right now. I have multiple fabrics for some pieces, and I might go ahead and use most of them to keep it interesting.
I'm very curious to see how all of these rather busy prints work together. It's very likely that some of the fabrics will still get replaced with something else. It will be fun to see how it all comes together. Wish me luck!
Happy quilting everyone!
Julie in GA