I'm making the baby version which is a mere 4 blocks a week at this point. I realized just how quickly they sewed up when I pieced 4 blocks in a half hour on Saturday evening. I finished 4 more on Sunday and pressed them all up to share with you today. This makes me caught up to the QAL schedule. Woo hoo!
In my week 5 blocks I focused on making the darkest blocks I could.
In my week 6 blocks I made some of the lightest possible blocks.
Here are my first 12 blocks all together. I definitely have a variety of values, but I'm missing some mid-tone blocks at this point. I may also rip a few seams in my strip pieced units to mix things up and create some lighter overall strips and darker overall strips. My finished quilt will have 30 blocks, so I'm approaching halfway.
Thank you to Amy for hosting the Quilt Along. You can see my earlier progress in my Weeks 1 & 2, Week 3, and Week 4 posts.
I am just loving my palette for the Waterfall Quilt Along. Light tones are a bit of a struggle in my fabric collection though... so we'll see how this comes together.
This weekend I got the strip piecing done for the first sewing step of the quilt along. (I think this makes me just one week behind schedule. Yay!) Next up, I will be cutting the strips and then I can start piecing blocks. I'm making the baby size quilt, so I should be back on track soon. :-)
You can read more on my fabric pull in my previous Waterfall QAL post. The pattern was designed and the QAL is being run by Amy at Amy's Creative Side. Be sure to check out the version she's making in the QAL. Her's is such a great palette!
If you're new here, maybe you haven't seen my WIP list. No need to click. Spoiler: it's long. ;-) The way this happens might be obvious. I have a lot of things in progress that I love, but something new and shiny comes along (in my head or on the internet) and I think "I want to make that." Can you relate?
That's exactly what happened with the Waterfall Quilt Along. I admired the original quilts as Amy made them. So when she offered the quilt along, I decided to go for it. Do I need a new project? No. Do I have time for a new project? Probably not. Will I stay on schedule for the quilt along? Unlikely. But all I had to do what pull fabric for this project to reassure me that I should go ahead and dive in. All these beauties were in my fabric collection suitcase. (Yeah, most of my fabric is living in a suitcase right now.) Clearly this was meant to be.
Side note: I like to use the black and white mode on my camera phone to easily view the value of each fabric. It helped me get them in gradient order which is especially tricky when the pile has a variety of colors.
We're in week four of the quilt along which means I should be sharing my first three finished blocks in three days. Well, yesterday I cut all my fabric (for a 45" x 54" baby size quilt). Next up is strip piecing (that was week 3). That should go pretty quickly and I hope to have time to sew today. Stay tuned. ;-)
Have you participated in a quilt along? What are your favorite parts? What did you struggle with?