Inside was this quilt designed by Jane Vaughn called Petzel Twist and I fell in love and immediately wanted to make one. I don't have enough projects going on apparently. Looks complicated at first glance, but I was delighted to find out how simple it is! Love the illusion of interlocking "chains".
So since yesterday, this is what I have so far . . .
I have learned some things along the way and if anybody else saw this quilt and was wanting to make it, I have a few tips for you if you're interested. My impatience made it harder on me than it needed to be.
Mistake #1. This is supposed to be a quick and easy pattern for pre-cuts. Jelly rolls in particular. Well, I don't have any jelly rolls at the moment but I REALLY wanted to start so just started grabbing fabric that I had recently bought. Dumb. I had to cut all those 2 1/2" inch pieces myself instead of just slicing something off of a jelly roll strip.
Mistake #2. Using one designer's fabrics makes things a lot simpler to choose the colors. I didn't. Oh well, it is going to be a bit chaotic, but definitely colorful!
The other thing that will speed things up is if you have sewn ALL the prints and background strips together like this before you start deciding which two colors will go into each block. Every single print rectangle gets a white square at the end (like the two on the right), and every single print square gets a white square and a white rectangle on either side (like the two strips on the left. Here is an example of what each block consists of.
Here is what the above strips look like arranged properly to make a block:
Every single block is sewn together in exactly the same way with the only difference being the colors and the fact that every other block is rotated a quarter turn. TIP: Pay close attention to what colors come next! I've already had to rip apart one whole block because I wasn't paying attention!
In the meantime, I have also decided what I'm going to do with this coffee fabric.
I had already ordered a book with coffee cup patterns in it but changed my whole plan and will be making placements and a table runner out of it. Much easier!! I'm so relieved to at least have a plan now.
Linking up this week to Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework and am going to go explore some other blogs for some pleasure reading!
Also linking to Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, Design Board at Bits and Bobs, and Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication.