Well, I consciously broke the cardinal rule of the Quilt-Along-With-Melody quilt challenge, which was to use only fabrics from one’s own stash. I have decided that Melody would understand, given my paltry beginner’s-size stash. To wit, here is my ENTIRE stash shown below, 98% of which are fat quarters.
So I took myself over to the 25%-off 6th anniversary sale at Bella Quiltworks on Friday and supplemented with the four fabrics above – 3 solids (blue, yellow and pink) plus an orange-yellow stripe. Then in an effort to quiet things down a bit, I proceeded to rip many seams and replace 14 centers. It feels a bit better.
Then I went to sleep and dreamed that I ripped MORE seams and removed all the large black strips. I admire quilters who work so magnificently with black. This is my first quilt using black – and lately I’ve been feeling it will be my last for a while, LOL!
I’ve gotten some great feedback from Melody, Wanda Hanson, Sheila from Scotland, Gail Baar, Lesley and Marlene. I plan to make up a few more blocks using the quieter solids, perhaps incorporating them into the existing blacks, perhaps subtracting a lot of black. All along, my big intention is to make this feel art-quilty, so I will be abandoning this traditional setting but here are the doctored blocks: