I started the new year feeling organized and in control. One month in, not so much! I have had a few more designs accepted by catalogs, but those come with pattern deadlines so I have hunkered down at the computer to write. A couple of opportunities to submit designs elsewhere popped up, so I shifted into design mode. All these are great "problems" to have from a business perspective, but it does mean I haven't had much time to share sewing here on the blog.
However, after all the designing and writing, I have to test things out. The pattern isn't due to the catalog until March, but they need to order next fall's fabric for kits from the mills now, so they needed firm fabric requirements earlier. I have confidence in my quilt math skills, but every now and then I forget to count a part. I never feel 100% about my fabric math until I have made the quilt top.
Cue the frantic fabric cutting.
Doesn't that white stack look fabulous sitting on the red fabric? I didn't get to admire it for long, as I had to get the red cut too.
There are all the pieces. I'm not sure I should share the total number. It makes the design sound daunting when it really isn't.
This pattern uses a lot of stitch-and-flip, AKA lost corners, so there is
a bit a lot of marking. I have tried different ways of sewing diagonal lines using a guide on the bed of the sewing machine, but I get better, more consistent results when I mark, so out came the pencil. I'm not sure why I never before thought to lay out and mark several at a time. I used to take one, mark it, stack it and reach for the next. Laying a few out a time is a small change, but it did seem to speed up the process.
I didn't plan to use a solid red. I had a rich red Shadow Play in mind, but the shop didn't have any left when I needed it, so I settled for the solid. I thought it might look too austere. Now that I have all the parts pieced, I think the solid is perfect. You can't see the white on white snowflakes in the photos, but they soften the look a bit, adding just a little interest to let the solids do their thing without making the whole quilt look stark.
With all the parts made, I'm pretty confident about what numbers to send the catalog, so I need to pivot to the other project with a deadline, but I'm really excited to share this one with you in the next little while. If a classic red and white quilt is on your bucket list, or a quilt in any two colors, this design might be the one to tick it off the list. If you'd like to test the pattern in the process, and have time to spare before the end of February, send me an email.
As excited as I was to make this one (it's turning out just as I envisioned) I'm looking forward to something a little faster to put together. Next up is a 10" square precut friendly quick make, a nice change from the many pieces of this red and white beauty. The next one has fewer, bigger pieces, but it's just as pretty because it's going to be made in gorgeous jewel tone batiks...
|Jewel Quest 10" stack by Island Batik, with yardage from their Basics lines|
That's all I have to show until after I cut it all up and sew. The presentation is so lovely though, it almost seems a shame to take it apart...
Meanwhile, I'd like to know: have you ever made a two-color quilt? I'd love to hear about it. If you haven't, are you tempted?