I think I've come up with a plan for my 100th quilt. I've known ever since this quilt was on my radar that I wanted to create my own pattern for my 100th quilt. Most of the ideas I played around with were for a medallion quilt using different blocks surrounding some sort of center. I'm still going with my medallion quilt idea but I've decided to go with a one block quilt. I think out of my first 99 quilts I have less than 10 one block quilts. I usually get bored half way through a one block quilt, but I have a few ideas that will make this one block quilt a little different and fun, I hope.
Here are the pieces for that one bock, and these are the pieces for my center.
I'm feeling pretty good about my latest idea because I have a plan, if I don't like this quilt I won't finish it, then it won't be my 100th quilt! Let's hope I do like my latest idea and that I don't drag out this 100th quilt thing all year long.
Several folks ask me how I knew how much fabric to buy for my project since I didn't even have a pattern. I'm starting with a fat quarter bundle and a layer cake of two French General families, Rouenneries Deux and Chateau Rouge and I know my quilt is going to be scrappy. But if I need any additional fabric I feel confident that I can track some down or even use something from a new French General line, they all seem to go together. I think you could do this with other families of fabric too, like Fig Tree fabric and Bonnie and Camille's fabric.
My background fabric is from the Rouenneries Deux by French General for Moda family. The front of the fabric is just a shade darker than the back of the fabric.
The strip of fabric on the right is the back of the fabric. So far I've sewed three pieces using the wrong side of the fabric. (yes I fixed them, do you need to even ask?)
When the sun is shining brightly, the difference between the front and the back is obvious, but if it's a gray day, like most days in January where I live are, it's easy to get it wrong. After resewing my third piece I made this little "cheat sheet".
I have these two pieces of fabric laying right next to my sewing machine under my Ott light. Before I run any pieces through my sewing machine I'm checking the background fabric against these. To make it even more mindless I even marked them, "F" for front, "B" for back! I've not had to resew any pieces since I came up with this method.
I'm a little behind on my email and blogs, my husband and I took a trip last week to celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary. I have no idea what I was thinking getting married the first of January, after all the holidays the last thing I'm usually wanting to do is plan another holiday, but the change of pace and weather were nice, I'm glad we celebrated but happy to be home. My Christmas decorations are down, but not packed or put up, oh well.
I thought it would be fun to see if you could guess the one block I'm using for my 100th quilt. Leave a comment with your best guess and I'll put all the correct guesses in a drawing for a pattern of your choice from the Fat Quarter Shop. The block goes by different names and I'll accept them all. If the Fat Quarter Shop will ship to your address you're eligible to enter. I"ll give you all week to think about it.
It feels so good to have nothing on my radar but sewing, the holidays are great, but there's something to be said for weeks calm and quiet, I plan to make the most of mine.