Last night I finally started cutting into my quilting cottons for the first time, it wasn’t as scary as I’d thought. I figured out that I’d need 40 x 1.5″ strips, 40″ long as per the pattern directions, and 30 charm squares 5″ x 5″. I made 4 piles of the 1.5″x40″ strips and put them into paper bags. I knew that if I attempted to arrange the squares that they’d probably come out looking all the same, I wanted it all to be unpredictable.
I put all the charm squares into a bag a bag too, the first charm square selected was a cute olive green print I’d picked up in Ottawa with my Mom last weekend. The second, an orange batik I’d purchased at Fabricland a few weeks ago, then a dark blue circle and Laura Gunn Skinny Stripes. These colours and patterns are not what I would have chosen for a block but I continued, determined to stick to my guns.
The second block turned out strange as well, again, not colours and patterns I would have arranged in that order, with oranges on one side of the block and blue/greens on the other.
I continued this way till I’d completed 6 blocks at which point I had to fold and iron laundry. It was very addictive, even after the dryer buzzer went off I wanted to continue, and did, for a few more strips, I wanted to find out what fabric I’d pick out of the bag next. Would I ever end up with two identical blocks? Not likely but not improbable. I have 5 blue, 4 orange, 3 green and one yellow fabric, 13 different fabrics altogether. Is this typical/normal? Should I have chosen more fabrics?
It’s supposed to thunderstorm all day tomorrow, DH has his F1 race to watch and I can continue with my quilting adventures… and laundry.
Do you plan every block carefully or do you close your eyes and pick fabrics willy-nilly? If you plan them all, how do you prevent them from all looking the same?