Since many of you asked for instructions for the brown quilt, I’ve posted them here. You can always get there by clicking on “Free Patterns” at the top of the blog. Not that anyone needs it but I’ll give a little tutorial here on how I chose the fabrics I used.
When I first began pulling fabrics, I thought I wanted close to an equal number of lights and darks and I pulled these darks:
And I began mixing in some lights:
Right off the bat, it was apparent to me that the lights were just too light and what I wanted was a good mix of darks and mediums, with very few lights.
Once the fabrics were chosen for the blocks, I began auditioning border fabrics. The dark brown Dimples fabric is what I used for the border so I wanted to be sure it wasn’t going to blend in with any of the fabrics that were used in the blocks along the edge of the quilt. I didn’t mind using fabrics that would blend but I wanted to keep those in the center portion of the quilt, away from the edge so it wouldn’t be touching the border fabric.
Here’s a closer view of the border fabric next to some of the fabrics.
Then I decided which light/medium fabric to use with the dark brown Dimple for the pieced border.
This fabric was the best as far as the color I wanted but this fabric bugs the heck out of me. Every time I use it, I swear I’m going to throw it in the trash. Despite heavily spraying with Best Press or plain old starch, it wiggles and squirms and unravels and it’s a name brand fabric! I’ll be happy when it’s gone from my stash but I wasn’t in the mood to deal with it for this quilt.
This is the fabric that was used and I’m pleased with it.
After cutting all my pieces, which I cut separately instead of strip piecing because I was using a lot of scraps, I spread them out on the longarm to be sure I had a good mix of mediums, darks and a few lights, and to be sure I didn’t need to do some re-arranging so I didn’t have too many blocks exactly alike.
It was a fun and quick quilt to make and I think it turned out nice.