I am working on a wedding quilt I am very excited to make, but this project is a doozy! I looked at simpler patterns, I really did, but this one called out to be made in the colors that were picked.
I started with 100 fat quarters, 45 pink, and 55 black. Yes, I did buy most of the fabrics for this quilt, and I don't feel one bit bad about it. My stash was seriously lacking in pinks and blacks with small enough patterns to still read as that color in the tiny pieces of this quilt. Some of these pieces are 3/4" x 1 1/2" cut. The largest pieces are 1 1/2" x 3 1/2". The fabrics needed to be tone on tones or have tiny, tiny prints, and I just didn't have it.
I started cutting the quilt out by working with the pinks. I tried ironing a fat quarter, cutting it into 1 1/2" strips, and sub-cutting the strips into the specific sizes I needed, but that really wasn't working. Since I wasn't sticking with one activity, I couldn't get a rhythm going. By the time I went to iron the next fat quarter, my auto shut off on my iron had tripped, and I was having to wait for the iron to heat up again. Definitely a bad plan, I needed a better one.
I took all the pink fat quarters, ironed them and cut them into the 1 1/2" strips. This was going much faster!
Here are all of pink pieces cut and separated in their appropriate baskets. I needed 9 different sizes, so I had to keep my pieces separate. See that big black container? It has about 2,000 pink 1 1/2" squares in it!
Today I managed to strip all of the black fat quarters, so I can try to get some sub-cutting done tomorrow. I had to dump out some stuff I had organized in my sewing room to come up with enough baskets to separate all the sizes for the black pieces. I am really anxious to start sewing on this quilt, but I can't sew anything until it is all cut out. I figure in total it will take me a full week just to cut it out. I am really excited about it though, I think it will look amazing!
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