This week's blocks were a test in random fabric selection, and a bit of an epic fail. I attempted the brown paper bag method of fabric selection, as I was feeling a little blocked, trying to figure out what the quilt needed more of. I forgot to follow my usual mantra with fabric selection for this quilt - use what inspires me, use what I'm drawn to. The paper bag experiment was fun, in a way, but I'll definitely be going back to the old way next week.
Block #33: Farmer's Puzzle
This block used some of my least favorite templates - the parallelograms. I like squares. I like rectangles. I even like triangles. But a rectangle that's got angled sides? Not a fan. I know, it's weird, I dislike a shape, but there you have it. I'm pretty sure this isn't the first odd thing you've learned about me ;) Anyway, this is the block that worked out pretty well as far as the fabrics are concerned. There's a good bit of contrast here, which is what makes this block work well, and I'm happy with how it turned out.
Block #34: Flock
I kind of felt like I'd already done this block, but it's really a variation on another block I did a while back, the watermelon-esque one, Birds in the Air. This one was easy enough to put together, but this is the block where the random fabric selection just plain didn't work. There needed to be a bit more contrast between the two fabrics in the larger HSTs, but oh well. I think it gives the overall quilt some character, maybe a place to rest your eyes amongst all the bright colors in the quilt.
So...just another 77 blocks to go now! It's starting to really look like a quilt! If only block #35 didn't involved needle-turn applique...it's quite possible I may skip that block, at least for now. Maybe at the Sewing Summit, someone will teach me how to do needle-turn applique. I can't really see why I need to have two different basket blocks for this quilt, anyway...
And check it out, I was interviewed by Angie at Stitching by Starlight for her 10 for 10 series. She's got a super yummy stack of fabric up for grabs, too, so hop on over!