(source: www.patspeth.com)The blocks where there’s more contrast between the triangles are more appealing to me, so I wanted to find some mediums that weren’t too dark so they’d provide a nice contrasts to my darks but not so light that they didn’t contrast with the light background. As I looked though my stash, I noticed that it was very heavy in blues and reds (no surprise), and I want to expand the color palette in my quilt to include something besides just reds, blues and neutrals (not that I don’t love that color combination, but occasionally I’d like to branch out a little ). Since I really didn’t have enough darks and mediums in other colors, a road trip was in order … off to Peace and Applique I went. Luckily the weather cooperated and it was a nice drive up there. I couldn’t find nine different darks and nine different mediums that played together nicely (remember, I’m too OCD to go with scrappy, so I want my medium and my dark in each of the stars to work together well … can I do anything else to make fabric shopping more difficult? Now you all know why I generally stick to my tried-and-true red/blue/neutral combination – ha!). I focused on the mediums since I knew I had plenty of darks at home in my stash (including a few greens, browns and blacks) … I didn’t find as many fabrics as I’d hoped, but I left with a nice collection that I was sure I could easily supplement at home. Wrong!
It took me several hours to pull out and audition various fabrics … but finally I gathered enough that I’m pleased with. There are a couple that I am just not crazy about, but they’re good enough. And when it comes to choosing fabrics (for me anyway), good enough is … well, good enough. And as if choosing the fabrics wasn’t difficult enough, then I had to cut them into 5” squares (this is where an Accuquilt charm pack die would have been helpful! … but I don’t have the time to order one and wait for it to be delivered and it’s not a size I’ll probably use again). And the background fabric had to be cut, too … into a total of 108 pieces, including some 2-3/8” squares and some 2-3/8”x4-1/4” rectangles.
Itty Bitty Eights Square ruler! I can’t even imagine trying to cut those pieces otherwise.
There’s not a lot of natural sunlight coming in that room right now, so the colors are off a little. And I wasn’t keen on picking up and laying back out 18 stacks of squares in the hopes of getting a better photo (after all, my photography skills leave a lot to be desired even under the best of circumstances).
I have all my fabrics and supplies ready to go … all I have left to do is to load up my van next Thursday morning. I can’t wait!
Not that I won’t be busy between now and then. I’ll be watching 3 of my 4 Ts tomorrow. T#2 turns 11 tomorrow, and she and her mama are going to make a day out of it. I know her mama is going to do her best to make this day special for her since she’s unable to do any of the things she’d really like do – like swim or go horseback riding. Saturday will find us spending the day at my dad’s. Monday I’ll be back at DD’s, watching all 4 of my Ts. Tuesday I have a dental appointment. And Thursday morning, I’ll head to retreat.
You may remember that last month, I participated in the inaugural Block of the Month hosted by the Hand Quilting Facebook Group I belong to. May’s BOM will be revealed tomorrow, so I can’t share my block just yet … but I’ll give you all a sneak peek at the fabrics I’m using.
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I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy ... have a great day!