Saturday, November 20, 2010
I added some lighter fabric to my simple squares quilt. I was worried it might be too dark. Then I worry that the lighter fabric will change the mood too much from the original. I decided to just add a few pieces of the lighter fabric, but then I worried that the light fabrics, especially the lightest one, might stand out too much compared to all the darker and dark medium fabrics.
I bought the fabric in quarter yard increments. I decided to cut the squares four and a half inches, in order to best use the fabric. Then when I was done with cutting the first row, I worried that there wouldn't be enough to cut a second row, considering that any fabric I cut to get a clean cut, would eat into my nine inches of fabric. I thought I should have cut something slightly smaller than four and a half inches. I did buy some pieces in half yards, since they were a great price, but I decided to leave those to leave the proportions intact.
The fabric was cut perfectly though, just a sliver over nine inches, so that there was no waste at all, and I was able to get to get two rows out of every piece of fabric. I started sewing, and then I worried that I didn't make the quilt big enough. Sure it is big enough for a small lap quilt, but I like my lap quilts to really cover me, and another row would make me feel better. So I cut the rest of my fabric. In fact, I am using it all up. All of it, in fact, so the proportions are dictated more by circumstance, than by choice.
Since the last quilt I finished is the rail fence, where every single fabric matched, whether it "matched" or not. I am out of practice in the "will these play together nicely" decision making. I am pretty sure it will work regardless, but I will have to finish the quilt before I am reassured.