Thursday, January 6, 2011

"Laundry Blues" Swap

For the holidays, my Sit and Sew group swapped 10" squares of fabric ranging from green to violet. We each end up with 40 different fabrics and the goal is to make a quilt using them in time for our guild show in August. Since some people don't like to mix grayed tones with clearer hues, we stuck to a clear palette. We tried to keep the rules to a minimum: we can use any/all of the 40 (if you hate it, you don't have to use it!) and can add additional colors or fabrics. The quilt has to be at least 36" x 36" so we can enter it in our show, but larger is fine, too. Any style is fine as well.

I love making scrappy quilts, so mine will use LOTS of different fabrics. I picked a traditional design in a repeat block format and have made a couple of blocks already.

As soon as we swapped our fabrics, it became obvious that, as usual, medium-value fabrics comprise the bulk of the fabrics in the stores and in our stashes. It will be interesting to see what everyone adds to the mix to get enough contrast in their designs. My challenges will be to use up some of my older fabrics (I need to make room for the new stuff!) and to avoid getting too "matchy-matchy".

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