Monday, May 27, 2013


Sara over at Sew Sweetness has just posted the first 3 blocks of the #tula100 quilt-along. You can see my blocks posted over there! And if you haven't joined yet - you should!
I wanted to tell you about my planning process for my final quilt.
I chose Tula's Skyline layout for the inspiration for my quilt. In true COL fashion I couldn't make this quilt just as it was written- I had to give it my interpretation. :o)
I played around in illustrator and designed my own Skyline. It looked a lot more like Tula's when I started but since I wanted to include all 100 blocks it has changed quite a bit. I also knew I wanted to do a color gradient/rainbow of sorts. This has also taken on a few different versions before deciding on this final layout.
 Tula's new collection ACACIA is gorgeous. And much like her other collections, for me it was love at first site. I based my rainbow on this collection since I'll be using it primarily in my quilt. Since I don't have it in my grubby little hands yet I used her brochure from market to shop from my stash. 

She uses a color palette that works well with prints from her other collections without being too matchy-matchy. Once I figured out the colors I was going to use for each row of the quilt I filled them in with color and named them.  Here is what I came up with:
 Tula's forward in the book expresses her desire for each of us to make the book ours by writing notes in it. So I did. :o)  I tallied up how many blocks of each color I would need for my final layout and went through the book writing in which color that block would be. Some of them follow closely the colors she used, others don't.
When I'm done with all 100 blocks I'll have the perfect amount I need for each row without having to re-make some and get rid of others.
If you'd like to play along with my layout, feel free. Here is a list of the colors I used as well as how many of each block I will be making.
10 Teal
12 Aqua
9 Lime
8 Yellow
10 Orange
6 Coral
7 Hot Pink
9 Fuschia
11 Lavendar
8 Purple
10 Navy


Linda R said...

The picture of your designed quilt didn't come through for some reason. Could you please re-post it. I am dying to see your design.

Yvonne said...

That is going to be a cute one Emily!

Beth said...

I tried to resist. Really I did. But Sara got to me. I bought the book and some fabric over the week end. I have not thought it through like you have though. Perhaps I should do that before I just jump in. Just this once. ;)