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Quilt-Along: Turn on the Lights!


Three blocks in and it’s time for a quick assessment. Since I’m cutting one block at a time, I’ve not committed to any one direction for my quilt to go yet.


So far, I’ve got three mostly dark/medium blocks with little contrast. But a whole quilt of these blocks might lead me to mourn the loss of lights altogether.


I’m still committed to the stash of fabrics I began with, but am ready to experiment now with the lights in my mix. For my first light(er) background I’m choosing a gray/blue stripe from the pile and two khaki green prints for the A, B, and C segments. Even though the hues are similar, up close, I do like the different textures the prints bring to the block.

Those interesting changes in texture and print are the same reason I love to look at scrappy quilts up close. The little details and differences make it a more interesting quilt to me. And I’m pleased with the finished block too…though this is about as little contrast as I could achieve from my fabric assortment, I’m happy enough to try a second light-but-low contrast block.


For this one, the contrast is a little more significant—not between the two lightest prints in the block, but between them and the background.

What I’m discovering about myself in this challenge is that it’s hard to kick my addiction to contrast. Here’s my second light-among-low-contrast blocks.



Now it’s time to take them from my sewing area to the design wall and answer the David Letterman question: “Is this anything?”

I’ll say yes. The all-dark block trio was a little muddy and a little disconcerting to me that it would just look like a mess when pieced together if I didn’t use any sashing (which I think is my plan). But when I add the lighter blocks, I like the contrast between the lights and darks when they’re set side by side.


With that in mind, I think I’ll carry on!


Until next week,

Jennifer Keltner,

Executive Editor


P. S. If you decide to join in—don’t forget to share! We’re so excited to see what everyone’s making as they quilt along! We created a hashtag you can use on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Simply hashtag any uploaded photos to your own social media sites with #APQquiltalong. That will make it easy for all of us to see what everyone is working on! I’ll be back to share my progress with you soon.



Now, check out these other Quilt Along participant’s blogs:

  •  Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side, amyscreativeside.com. Amy’s planning to make a guy-worthy quilt, with a scrappy mix of blue, green, and gray fabrics.
  • Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs, bunnyhillblog.com. A rich, vintage look in hues of beige, purple, and rusty brown is what Anne is seeking.
  • Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms, camilleroskelley.typepad.com. A scrappy, cheerful assortment of Bonnie and Camille prints ups the contrast.
  • Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co., lavieenrosie.typepad.com. Carrie adds a French twist, working in a scrappy three-color palette of French General fabrics.
  • Jane Davidson of Quilt Jane, quiltjane.blogspot.com. Jane’s version is all about text-ure—text prints mixed with solid-color wovens.
  • Kimberly Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop, fatquartershop.blogspot.com. The big blocks pop when separated by colorful sashing on Kimberly’s quilt.
  • Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, lisabongean.com. Lisa turns up the volume with black backgrounds and cream and tan print patchwork.
  • Lissa Alexander, modalissa.blogspot.com. Lissa shares her experience and tips about the process of making the featured version of Tone It Down.
  • Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life, www.aquiltinglife.com A fan of primary colors and American Jane prints? Sherri’s version might be just what inspires you!



4 Responses to “Quilt-Along: Turn on the Lights!”

  1. Agh, now part of me wishes I’d gone with a darker palette like I’d originally wanted to do! Instead, I’m going with a yellow/grey/white palette….but I’m sticking with it because I’ve challenged myself to work with yellow, a color I tend to forget about or use only sparingly. I still haven’t decided if I’ll do sashing, either. I suppose I’ll have to sew a few more blocks to see how I like them. Really enjoying seeing your progress, along with the other bloggers who are participating. It’s always a treat to see how a quilt can be interpreted differently.

  2. I love your blocks! Tempted to join in but I have a LOT of UFO’s to work on for Christmas. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  3. I really, really like what you have so far….totally different from all the others!

  4. Thinking I might have to try this.