|Design Wall #1 - not perfect, but functional. (It's the backside of a cheap picnic tablecloth.)|
Here's the layout diagram I envision for my quilt. I typically don't like putting on the sashing (which is partially why my Dear Jane blocks are still in the binders and not a finished quilt, but that's another story!). So to trick myself out of thinking this is sashing, I decided to frame each block in alternating light gray/dark gray. When the quilt is done, it should not only unify all those disparate blocks, but I think it makes almost an optical illusion, which is appealing to me right now. It also eliminates that LONG, skinny sashing strip that typically needs to go in between the rows. This way, there will be just square blocks to sew together - much easier!
When I started this quilt, I was gong to add the frames after I made each block, but that didn't happen! (Who was I kidding?) But, now that we have a good variety to choose from and I need the space, it seems like a good time to start this.
|To finish your quilt like mine, you'll need 1 1/3 yards EACH of a medium and dark gray. (I'm using Kona Medium Gray and Coal.)|
|Another view of the sewing.|
|The finished framed blocks - one medium and one dark.|
Then I sewed the pairs together, making sure to alternate the medium and dark framed blocks. Eventually, you'll get 2 rows of 8 blocks each - each starting with a dark and ending with a light. Turn one upside down to get the illusion of alternating colors to work out.
|I chose not to sew my rows together now. Although I'm leaving the block placement largely up to serendipity, I do want to have a small amount of say-so in placement so it will look balanced to my eye in the end. (This is Design Wall #2, btw!)|
Next week we'll have 16 more blocks done (we made a bonus block last week, so the numbers are off). I plan on doing the next two rows then. It's really invigorating to see the quilt coming along! Now what to do with the Traditional Tuesday blocks!?