Oh boy, do I love color. For my next project, I need contrasting pairs of fabrics. One of the pair needs to be "busy" and "bright". The other one has to be "calm." There has to be a good contrast between the two.
Here are the first four "busy" ones I chose:
Remember, I'm making a Slashed Squares quilt. Here is the tutorial...
For each color, you'll need three 4-1/2" x 17" strips (this is more than enough, but I would always rather have the strips a bit longer than run out. The strips can't be shorter than 16" but the 4-1/2" is critical. AND you'll need one 7" square. Exactly 7" and square. No wiggle room there.
When fabric was sold 44" wide I could get all of this (with two 7" squares) out of a fat quarter. But now fabric is barely 42" wide, and sometimes you have barely 41" once you remove the selvages. So now I often cut two 4-1/2" WOF (width of fabric) strips and one 7" square out of each fabric.
NOW! You do not need to make this with new fabric. You can use scraps. Simply sew 4-1/2" wide pieces of fabric around a 7" square, to make a square in a square, like this:
Here's a photo of this pattern made with all yellows. It's the Sunshine quilt I made for my son.
OK! That's enough for today. More fun tomorrow.