It's hard to believe that almost three months have gone by since Amanda @ Material Girl Quilts wandered into my office (yep, we're irl coworkers!) and asked what I thought about a Layer Cake Sampler she'd just designed. Within no time, she had whipped up not only the original, but a second version of that beauty, and then drafted something like a dozen posts for the QAL. I—on the other hand—worked at, um, a
When I got Malka Dubrawsky's "From Outside In" in hand, I have to say I was a bit overwhelmed by all the color. Totally infatuated, don't get me wrong, just a little a bit intimidated by the fact that this lovely line involved contrasting (!) color ways. (Resident analogous designer here.) So I did the first thing I thought to do: color sorted a gradient from red to yellow to green to blue. And then pulled my all-time favorite oakshotts (the tan/brown earth element series), cut them into 10" squares, and sorted them by value. You know, to ground all those vibrant colors :o)
Starting off with the lightest oakshotts—natural/beige—in the red corner, I paired up those earthy tones with the colorful layer cake squares until the darkest browns reached the blue corner. After that, I sewed and cut each pair into eight HSTs. (Evidently I was operating with at least some sense of urgency back then.)
Fast forward to mid-May... and after one (sweatshop) weekend those 320 HSTs were pressed, trimmed, and ready for a whole 'nother round of sorting (my favorite pastime?).
And just like that, I had a spiffy new quilt top.
...That is really quite large.
...and has somewhat astonishingly matchy points.
Now... how to quilt it?