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Step one is very easy. Get your rotary cutters sharpened and start cutting. The colors you will need for Part One are:
Yes, I know there are a few new colors in there but as I was playing with it, I found that I need these colors to make it work. You’ll see as we go along what I mean. With this quilt we will be doing the background first and building on it from there. This is my first time attempting this, but I believe it will work and be a lot of fun.
You will need a variety of different size strips for each, except for white. I meant to take a picture of it but forgot. You will need a 1.5 inch strip of white. Do not worry about length of strips yet, that will come together later.
For the browns and blues, you will need 3.5 inch strips, 2 each. You will also need 2.5 and 2 inch strips. You will need 5 to 6 strips either and that will depend on the length.
The greens will need larger strips of 3.5 to larger chunks, but let’s concentrate on the blues and browns first.
Yes, I said chunks. If you prefer to use up strips and large pieces of fabric that are sitting in your stash rather than cut up yardage, this is a good way to use up a lot.
The next clue will be posted on Sunday afternoon. Thanks for playing along!
This quilt is going to be put together a little differently and is an experiment that I have been playing around with on paper for a while. Picture a pizza dough laying on your table. You have all these toppings to choose from to make your pizza complete, it’s up to you to decide what you want to add to the dough. The trick to the quilt is to remember is that we will be doing the background first and then building upon it, using the background as a canvas and embellishing the canvas as we go along with not just fabric but other things such as thread, buttons and some applique, etc.
My quilt will be a double bed sized quilt and so I am using measurements (roughly) of 54 inches in length. If you want to make it larger or smaller then go with the width of your size bed. I am not too worried about the width of the strips yet as we will be playing with it as we go along.
To set the scene for our canvas, picture in your mind an island. For the background we will be starting with the dark blue and the light brown. Taking a 54 inch strip (2 inches wide) of the dark blue, add another strip of dark blue but 52 inches long and add to it the light brown. Now when you sew these two pieces together, remember to add 2 inches of the light brown at a 45 degree angle to either side of the blue strip. That 45 degree angle is important as it will give an illusion of the water fading back and round it out it a little. If it it is not exactly perfect, please do not stress over it. Remember, this is a just the background. The embellishments will add to it and cover up whatever mistakes we make.
Going back to the strips, keep building upon it, but remember to subtract 2 inches each time from each strip from the dark blue and add in the light brown at a 45 degree angle. We will need to repeat this 3 times. This also gives the illusion of the shore being a little smaller and the beach is appearing. At this point, if you have light blue (my apologies for not posting earlier) add in 3 strips with the light brown and then we will be adding in the white. For the white, you want a narrow 1.5 inch strip on top of the light blue only. This should be the 7th strip. Do not add on top of the light brown. For the size of the strips, start with the large 3.5 first and work down to the smaller widths of strips. You may or may not need as many strips depending on your stash and the size of your quilt.
Using the light strips of brown, you want to repeat as above but with the darker brown. Start with a 54 inch strip of 3.5 and add on top of that a darker brown cut at a 45 degree angle. Repeat and remembering to subtract 2 inches of the light brown 3 times. This is as far as I have gotten and am still deciding on how to do the green. I will be posting pictures later this morning. I will be posting more on Thursday, Jan 16.
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