Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday-#31

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

Hi everyone! It's my turn to share a peek of what's up on my design wall. Sometimes I see a pattern and then see a fabric I really like and think to myself, I wonder what would happen if...... Thus began my journey using Moda's Slice and Dice fat quarter pattern with French Quarter fabric by Dover Hill for Benartex.

The pattern was given to attendees at CUAQ Therapy last month (February) at Cut Up and Quilt store in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Participants can make the quilt for the next CUAQ Therapy session; unfortunately I won't be able to attend the session this month.

Prairie Sewn Studios Slice and Dice Moda Nine Patch

I saw this new fabric in the shop and fell in love with it. The scientist traits came out and I decided to experiment. The Slice and Dice pattern calls for 6 light fat quarters and 6 dark fat quarters; however, I opted to use one fabric as both light and dark (the French Quarter fabric). The additional fat quarters were in shades of green or persimmon, picking up some of the shades of colors found in the original French Quarter fabric. The other requirement was that the additional fat quarters had to come from my stash.

Prairie Sewn Studios French Quarter by Benartex

I'm still not sure how this experiment with colors will end, but it has been an interesting challenge. What I thought would work as light colors has not worked out as expected. I still need to make more blocks and will continue to use my design board as I arrange and rearrange blocks with different shades of green and persimmon.  I'm also always open for suggestions! 

Laura here again...

Mom's design wall is very cool, and based on recommendations Kaffe Fasset's lecture we attended a few years ago in Paducah. For more information about it, see this post about creating a design wall

As usual, I'm linking our blog up with Sew Fresh Quilts and Freshly Pieced


  1. Fabulous! I made this in all black and white, love seeing it in these colours

  2. It looks great! I tend to like darker fabrics so the light dark thing is always a conundrum for me. I find a black and white photo of the fabric helps immensely. Your fabrics are beautiful, this is going to be wonderful quilt :)

  3. Loving that butterfly border. It's very cool looking and I love it against the green.

  4. The butterfly fabric is really pretty. I would try lining up your light and darks in diagonal rows. It might stand out better.

  5. Hi, Linda! You're meeting your challenge nicely; the results are very pretty. I am always surprised when my journey brings about results that are contrary to what I believed going in... I don't know why that is, because I continue to learn so much along the way and delight in the findings! Your quilt will mean even more to you as it continues to find its own voice and you listen to what it has to say!