Friday, January 20, 2017

Ocean Waves QAL


At the beginning of this year I decided this should be my year to finish some projects.  I had a couple of quilts I wanted to make, but everything else would be working toward finishes. 

Then I read a post by Pam at Mama Sparks World had decided she wanted to do an Ocean Waves QAL. The block she designed will be 18.5 inches and I knew I wanted to join. hat quilt was on my bucket list, and I at first thought maybe I would use some of the bazillion HST that I have saved over the years.  But then I am not really good at keeping light/dark going some of my HST could read more as medium/light, or medium/dark.  So I started thinking about maybe just doing one color like Pam, her quilt is going to be navy.  Love it!  I could not decide on a color palette though. 

While wondering around my sewing room I spotted a fat quarter bundle.  I am not much for using one line of fabric to make a quilt, I am definitely a scrap quilter.  Last year during the In Our Garden BOM I won a fat quarter bundle of Apricot & Persimmon by Riley Blake fabrics, and I thought that just may work.

When I started to calculate I realized I would need about 5 1/2 yards of fabric,  and 7 1/2 yards of background fabric.  The fat quarter bundle had approximately 4 1/2 yards of fabric, but there were some in there I was not too sure would work.  There are 3 fat quarters that are kind of wide stripes.  Of course this line was from 2015, so I had to go on a search.  I purchased some 1/2 yard cuts, a couple of yards, and some solids, so I should have more than enough fabric.

I have been cutting 3 inch strips and squares for days. I keep thinking maybe I need a couple of darker colors in there.  I do know that each block is going to be scrappy, but from this line of fabric and some matching solids.  Oh and now I realize why I make scrappy quilts a block at a time. Cutting over 1700 - 3 inch squares takes a long time even with the stripology ruler, I am chomping at the bit to start sewing soon. 


9 comments:

sewyouquilt2 said...

love your fabric choice. I would join but I have enough on my plate now with farmgirl and finishing up deer and UFOs around here.

Julierose said...

Oh love your fabric bundle--I have one languishing somewhere (oh stash closet of shame I hear you calling me again!!) I'll be looking forward to seeing your ocean waves blocks...do you starch your fabrics before cutting (still on trying to refine my awful cutting habits)...hugs Julierose

krislovesfabric said...

I am in the throes of a new quilt with hst's too, it's a pattern by Primitive Gatherings...they finish at 1 inch and I am slowly getting them all prepped. A quilt like this is all about the prep :) Your fabric choices are beautiful.

Lesley said...

The fabrics are gorgeous! You definitely have to do a lot of preparations, but I think your quilt will be gorgeous with those fabrics!

barbara woods bewtjw@gmail.com said...

Can't wait to see what it looks like!

Carol S. said...

The fabrics are beautiful and a great choice. I need to finish lots of UFO's, but of course new shiny objects/quilts keep popping up to distract me.

Needled Mom said...

1700 squares?. Yikes! Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Baa. xxx said...

The fabric looks lovely. That is a lot of squares, for sure!!

Mama Spark said...

Can't wait to see how you progress. Looks like the blocks are 16.5" not 18.5". Stupid math 😜 Glad to have you on board!