Then, I almost peed my pants laughing when I watched the clip that Sarah of Sew What Sherlock? mentioned after reading my post about the backstory of this particular project. If you've seen the episode, the similarities are (embarrassingly) striking. But in case you too somehow missed it in spite of all the reruns (as did I!), enjoy:
So, having gotten an itch to move this project along (thanks, Sarah!), I decided to start mapping out a few layout ideas. When I decided to turn this into something more than a one-off, I knew I wanted to use neutral scraps for the face, shoulders and background, then color the "hair stripes" with prints from my stash + scrap bin in a semi-ROYGBIV type way:
Working within those colorways alone would yield 12 blocks. At 10" each, they'd make for a pretty modest quilt. Probably somewhere around ~40" x 50" with the addition of some color-coordinated scrappy star sashing (imagine those teeny tiny stars sprinkled along the white lines below):
And a baby blanket is just not exactly what I had in mind. Which means I can try one of three things:
1. Come up with a few more color combinations (conveniently, Jess of The Elven Garden recently announced a brilliant Colour Theory for Quilters Series, which is mid-way through and could come in quite useful for this).
2. Scale up the pattern to, say, a 15" block (...though that could increase "The Lady"-esque scare factor!), or
3. Pipe down and make doubles, triples, or quintuples (?!) using different fabrics in the same colorway. My initial reaction is that anonymity (i.e., bigger) would be better here... à la "Where's Waldo?" (too few faces could come across overly militaristic, and that would not help my "Let's make this fun not scary" mission):
No? Just me? (Side bar: the actual layout would be a little more robust; please excuse the skinny sketch).
What do you think?
Linking up with the pattern designer herself ;)
And, since you could've only made it this far down the page if you too have an affinity for this meticulous method, be sure to check out the paper-pieced quilts on display at Quilting Gallery starting Friday afternoon. The kicker? One commenter over there will win a set of my birthstone quilt block patterns, plus a handful of diamond-gray solids to give your bling stash a little boost. And in honor of the event, I'm offering both patterns at 10% off through the Fourth holiday ;)
Go on, get yo'self some! And be sure to visit the other paper-piecing adventures linked up at Quiet Play!