Moda Blockheads 3 has a variety of options for you. Options on the size of blocks you are making. Options on layouts for overall quilt. Of course, options of whatever fabric you decide to use for it. Sometimes I find giving myself boundaries and a plan will make it easier for me to move ahead on a project. With that in mind, I decided to make a plan for how I was going to approach the mystery blocks ahead.
Since I am using THATCHED basics for my fabrics, I have a color palette mapped out. I could limit my choices down to a specific color family or a small group of colors, like blues and greens. But I want to have some fun color exploration with this whole rainbow of colors that Thatched provides.
I am using 28 colors for my color map and I'll be including some of the colors that are in other collections, like Abby Rose with the seafoam blue and warmer light pink that are in the Thatched texture. I am hoping a few of those make it into the basics group that gets reprinted.
If we are doing 56 blocks, that divides nicely into rows of 8 blocks. Seven rows of 8 blocks each. I am making my rows by color families- purples, warm gold and orange, reds, grays, etc. I am planning on separating the rows horizontally with a white sashing strip so it really reads as a row of color. The image below shows a lot of white lines to the right. No, I'm not piecing a bunch of white strips in. But I am showing this to try to illustrate the idea I have in my head. I'd like to make the blocks go from dark to light by using dark to light colors in the block pieces. Once the blocks get halfway over, I plan on incorporating more white/cream background into the blocks to lighten them even more as they progress towards the right end of the row. So the lines below represent blocks that have more white pieces with less color pieces.
I don't know if it will work the way I envision it in my mind, but that is the fun of blocks. You can always rearrange it later, as long as you haven't joined them together, block to block, yet.
I will be making 8" blocks. I thought it was easiest for me to pick a size and work in just that size. I loved the look of the varied sizes last year, but since my plan is so based on rainbow lines, I thought a consistent size would be easier to organize. If I were to make the 12" blocks I'd have a nice bed sized quilt. With the 8" blocks I'll have a nice wall or lap quilt, approximately 64" wide and 62" tall (depending on how big those sashings are and if I add an outer border). I'm thinking this would be nice on my foyer wall and this seems like a good size.
One other thing in my plan...I am going to try to make two quilts as an exercise in the color study of Thatched. One will be completely Thatched. The other will follow the same color scheme but mix the Thatched as background fabric with some of the prints from my collections. That way I can have a better idea of how Thatched plays as a support for prints vs as a "solids" quilt.
That's it for the parameters I have given myself and what my method is. I hope this helps you to plan your own course of attack.
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