I'm so happy to host April's quilt.
April's Quilt Block is like the 'gimme' question on an exam...the one that everyone in the class will get. And it will hopefully be a fun, easy, and creative few minutes picking fabric, cutting, lining up your HSTs, sewing, cutting and sending off in the mail! Voila, you should be done in less than an hour.
This month we are going to play with value. I'm a beginner quilter, and still learning the ABCs of colour and fabric choice. According to many I've read, a quilt either 'makes it' or 'breaks it' because of the value of the fabrics used, not the colours...so I'm going to make a value quilt to practice this skill...I also love how scrappy they look, and think it will be super creative for me (perhaps less creative for you guys...).
The tutorial that I used to get my idea for this month's quilt is found here.
I'd love if you would send me the equivalent of two 12" blocks of fabric, which translates to 8 HSTs in total.
Please make 6" blocks of your favourite fabrics (those that speak you), but try to pick a mix of dark/medium/light, and then pile them into piles according to their value. This is what my piles looked like...
Katie at 'Sew Katie Did' notes that most of us tend to gravitate towards medium fabrics. I think that some in our guilting group probably gravitate more to light and some more to dark, and that is what is so creative about quilting...our personality really does shine through our sewing.
After you've made some piles (in total, you will need 8 blocks of fabric that are 6" square), pair two blocks together, good sides facing, like so:
dark/light, medium/light, or dark/medium
Use the easy sandwich method to turn each pair into 2 HSTs And that's it. Please don't sew the HSTs together into larger blocks, because I am going to move them around based on the configuration of the 'light/dark' combos before I sew the final quilt top together. In total, I'm hoping you will be able to send me the equivalent of two 12" blocks, so 8 HSTs in total.
Here is what my first attempt at the layout looks like (not sewn, just playing with the fabric combinations still), but I'm excited to see how your fabrics help flush out the entire colour spectrum.
April's quilting commitment should be easy to squeeze in somewhere in the busyness of our lives... I'm so excited to see what you send me...
Lots of love,
Katy from Canada