Now that the marmalade season has just about finished, I am getting back to work on the wedding quilt. These are the three colours that I am using for the backing, with the gold fabric I have set aside for the binding on the left. Yesterday I cut out the last of the pieces ready for the sandwiches. It was quite an adjustment, picking up again from where I left off, after abandoning the project for a while. Fortunately, I have planned this quilt with uncharacteristic efficiency.
This is how I started, with these little squares representing the nine main blocks. I coloured them in, with a different colour for each of the fabrics I was going to use, making each block different. Then I spent an hour and a half at least arranging them like puzzle pieces to make sure the colours were evenly distributed across the whole quilt. The writing on the back corresponds with which way up the block is placed, and notes all the fabrics to be used and the colour of the backing.
Once I had pieced the nine central blocks I planned the border and corner blocks.
The amazing thing is not just that I have drawn up plans for this quilt, but also that they weren't on scrappy backs of envelopes and that I haven't lost them. I have even kept the sheets of paper where I was working out the cutting plan for the backing fabrics, which I had miscalculated when buying them because two of the fabrics were narrower than the first one I chose. That piece of paper also has marmalade calculations on it, how much sugar for the weight of fruit, and just about sums up my creative life over the past few months.
Is it still realistic to hope for a finish by Easter? Let's see...
Here goes for Week 369:-
Many thanks to Gretchen for linking up with her Circle of Squares quilt. If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more.
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