8:05am Choose fabrics, I have so many ideas:
- Cut into my FMF stash- No, I’m not ready to do that yet, I need the perfect quilt for that.
- Use my oranges, golds and reds… I have some great Katie Jump Ropes and with some Mendicino and FMF it would be beautiful
- Then again, my aqua and reds have been calling to me
- A few castle peeps prints came in the mail this week. I’d love to use more than just two prints though, I might need to order more before I'm ready to make a quilt with these guys.
- Oh Fransson’s crazy 9-patch lattice
- Quilt Dad’s Off the Grid
- Red Pepper Quilts' Sticks n’bricks (love how it looks in hope valley, but I cannot bring my self to copy both the pattern AND the fabric selection…I like to feel more creative)
- Oh Fransson’s New Wave pattern
10:23 am As I iron my fabrics I begin to think of ways to make the pattern unique
How can I take it one step farther? Here are some of my ideas. This is my stream of consciousness.
“Train tracks…crosses…plaid…stripes…zigzags (oh, I LOVE zigzags…maybe I should forget the wave and go straight to zig zags)…what about a plaid, cross quilt? I could make it look like the new wave quilt but build my waves in both directions. Maybe I can figure out how to cut the fabrics like in the crazy-nine patch lattice.”
Then I sketched a few ideas out until one felt good. Notice the baby monitor...the little guy is napping so I have a few hours of uninterupted thinking time.
11:10 am Make a turkey sandwich and get out the colored pencils
I began sketching out my concept and tried out color placement to see how my idea would work. I liked the idea of creating darker and lighter vertical bands. It would add subtile excitement while leaving the main focus on horizontal bands of color.
11:42 am Do the mathBefore cutting ANYTHING, I do the math. Figure out the size of my finished block. And then mock it up in the actual dimensions to make sure I like my choices.
12:45 pm Blog the Process
\So that’s where I am. I probably need to do a little bit more planning before I am ready to cut into the fabrics. Truly, this is my favorite part of making a quilt. Planning and scheming about what it will become. At this moment, the potential is so endless. I am so full of hope for my new creation.
12:58 pm The baby’s crying
It must be lunch time, so its time to run. There's a pretty good chance my design will keep evolving so stay tuned!