NO, not eat your creme egg! Although I expect Easter Eggs are in the shops already.
What I mean is how do you build your quilt top?
I am making 30 blocks that need to be around 20" x 18" unfinished.
I am using my normal method for this type of (log cabinesque) block, picking out the first small square and sewing another to it 30 times. Then adding the first strip to each block, press trim and repeat.
I have seen a few people making each block before moving on to the next. I also see some making 4 at a time, round by round, and then moving on to the next set of 4.
I quite like both ideas, but although these are fairly random if I finish a few blocks and stack them I forget the colour placement and balance and am likely to end up with a few identical blocks.
I have my part worked blocks in a stack and then spread out a selection of strips along the table. I mix up width, colour, tone, highly patterned and almost tone on tone. I do not often add solids to my blocks.
Even then I sometimes change it up by working more on one side of a block than the other. This changes the layout and increases the random factor for me.
It is very hard to be completely random, I like to balance out colours and shades. I do not make the traditional log cabin with one half dark and the other light. It is far too regimented for my taste.
Having said that I have followed quilt patterns and I have made blocks one at a time, usually because they are intricate.
I am fully aware that there is a whole community out there who would sniff at my work. It is not traditional, it is too colourful, I mix old and new fabrics at times etc etc.
It bother me not. I sew because I love it. I quilt for the joy. I mix it up and "cut my coat according to my cloth".
Yes I do buy good (and pricey) fabric, I also buy from the Fabric Guild at rock bottom prices.
I recently backed a quilt with a duvet cover from a charity shop. It was in top notch condition, came from an upmarket supplier, it was Super King size and the perfect colour and shade. Win win, for both me as the maker and the recipient. I did of course put it on a full wash program first, and I used white vinegar final rinse.
I have enough fabric for another quilt back left, all for the princely sum of £5.00. I could maybe buy 1/2 metre of fabric for that, in the sale.
I wonder why peeps will happily crow about the quilt top made from "Vintage Fabric" and then recoil in horror from secondhand in the CS.
Then again I have seen so called vintage dresses on sale for £stupid, when a similar dress can be had for £2-£5 in said CS.
I wonder where the Vintage dress/fabric came from?
I have been writing this as I have a tea break and am off now to add another round of strips, the blocks are around 14" x 12" so not far to go now.