It took several weeks to get to block #64 and by that time I had started getting tired of the fabrics I have to work with. Time to go hunting! My palettes were heavily stocked in the blues, greens, and blacks; red wasn’t too depleted but purple, pink, and yellow were lacking. I took a week off to catch up on my other household duties and look for fabric. Trying to find good fabrics in these colors is a challenge! I hit up all the area fabric stores again and made an excursion to Chapel Hill and Durham. Rummaging through my fabric stash in the attic, I found a lot of pieces that I had either used up the squares I’d cut or acquired since the last quilt project. It took me 3 days to cut it all into squares.
Here’s what the cutting process looks like. I cut between 4 and 6 fabrics at a time, wore my elbow’s out!
Once all my new squares were sorted, I got back to work. It took a couple of days to get back into the rhythm…The palettes are more organized and the new colors spurred me along. Spending time shifting the squares and grouping them more consistently by hue and value sped up the process too. Didn’t take long to get to block # 96, 75% done!
Once 96 blocks were done, I wanted to get a feel for how many I had of each hue/value combination. Working with a graph and spreadsheet helped a little but it became apparent pretty quickly that I need to lay the blocks out and get a visual.
I bought 10 yards if the gridded interfacing and hung it up in the library using tape and tacks. It worked great (in the beginning); I started with the top center of the quilt and worked down and to the left. This was another facet that I thought wouldn’t take long – it took all day! The next morning, it was in the floor, thank goodness every block was pinned to the interfacing!
My only other choice for viewing the whole quilt at once was to move the furniture out of the family room. I worked on a few more blocks, then got the guys to help me move furniture and spent an afternoon/evening crawling around on my knees. You can see the spots that need blocks. I made a careful list of what I needed and got back to work.
I am very lucky, I only had to make one additional block! The hues and values looked great except for my dark brown triangles – not bad for such a large project.
The blocks are all in place!