I was very excited to see the announcement on Nova’s blog a few weeks ago that she (along with Megan and Katy) are starting a Single Girl Quilt Along!. They even started a group on flickr where those of us undertaking this project can find some support. The Single Girl Quilt is made from a pattern written by Denyse Schmidt (one of my favorite designers), and involves lots of tiny fabric squares being cut and pieced along an arch to form rings that make up the quilt. It’s a daunting task, which is why it’s so wonderful to have such great support! Already I’ve read some great tips from the flickr group.
I’m hoping to make a queen sized quilt for our bed– I figured if I’m going to try this intimidating pattern, I want to do it right and go for it! I think that if I can get through it (and I’m definitely planning on it!), it will be a quilt that we’ll use on our bed for a long, long time to come.
For the quilt, I chose the green and blue fabrics from the Hope Valley line by Denyse Schmidt. I realized they needed a little rounding out, so I added a number of blues, greens, and yellows from Joel Dewberry’s Modern Meadow line of fabric. The colors play together so well! Finally, I realized that I had a couple of Amy Butler prints from her Midwest Modern line that looked so good with my stack of fabric, so I threw them in there to bring me up to the 36 (!) required fabrics for the quilt. I prewashed all the fabrics– something I don’t normally do, but I didn’t want to put so much time into this quilt and then have those dark blues run at all in the wash. So I bit the bullet and threw them all in the washer.
I cut out my templates and started cutting fabric, and I can’t wait to see things come together! Stay tuned, I am aiming to have some in-progress shots next week!