Often, or at least sometimes, I think I have the plan of a quilt worked out, especially if it's a simple quilt, and then I lay out the blocks, take a look, and realize that maybe, just maybe, I need to reevaluate--stop making blocks, pull other possible fabrics, reconsider--and possibly change direction. That's what I'm doing now with this baby quilt. Maybe this will go in the direction I started but maybe not. (A few words about the photos: they were all take with a flash, which may tell you how light these blocks really are!)
It's a calm, gentle quilt. Light, sweet, almost not there. But isn't that what I had in mind, at least for the background, I ask myself. Calm, soothing, sweetness and light?
All along I'd envisioned groups of four blocks with sashing, specifically of the fabric below, an Edyta Sitar print called "Hops" from her Super Bloom collection,
with circles of this fabric below (the exact size yet to be decided) in the center of the four squares formed by the sashing when four blocks are sewn together.
and pulled two other fabrics that might work for the circles (folded in the centers of the blocks in the first photo, below, and along the side in the second photo). I'm also questioning the white cornerstones. White? Unless the cornerstones are a darker color, I think white is the only color that will stand out against the lights in the blocks.
There are so many considerations when making a quilt. Fabric, colors, prints/plains/plaids, size, layout, and on and on. Sometimes maybe I spend too much time thinking about the details. When the quilt is finished, will it matter if I use that particular pink fabric for the sashing, or that particular fabric for the circles, etc.? I admire people who can just choose and sew. It's a talent I don't have.
I've increased the size to 45" x 54" or 5 blocks by 6 blocks. Not such a baby quilt but a quilt a baby can use when little and grow into, too. I will need 120 little squares and have sewn 93 of them. I've started adding a little white to some of the blocks. I think I can do that without it seeming odd because I have a fourth of the blocks yet to sew.
I'm still dithering about the backing fabric, too. Flannel or not, or what is softer than regular cotton but not flannel? I never trust that flannel won't get bally (except if it's in a shirt that's already been worn and washed and hasn't gotten bally by the time it gets to the thrift store, but who can find enough of the same shirts in the perfect fabric for a back?). And even though I've searched at stores and online I haven't found a flannel I think would look great on the back of this quilt. People tell me Robert Kaufman flannels are good quality. What other cotton is soft? What has been your experience with flannels or other soft fabrics?
I can't delay making decisions too long because I may have to order fabric and the baby's arrival is in just over two months. I don't work well under pressure so I tell myself that it's not really a problem to give a baby a quilt when she's a month or two old. (But better when she's first born, of course.)
I'm linking this post to One Monthly Goal February Finish link-up at Elm Street Quilts. My goal was to begin this quilt and the original post is here. Thanks for hosting, Patty.