The pattern in Chapter One calls for precuts. In fact, all the patterns in this book are based on precuts (plus yardage). That's part of what makes these quilts simple.
But if you don't have the specific precuts required - like me - consider making your own. This book gives you all the measurements for standard precut sizes so if you're new to quilting or don't have easy access to them, no problem. For me, a few extra minutes with the rotary cutter and I was good to go!
I laid out all the cut pieces and my 9 yr old helper organized the squares & strips into blocks. We talked about print color, direction, value & scale. This girl loves rules and when you explain why, she follows them to.the.letter. Plus I have this mild O.C.D. thing about my quilts - I don't like it when the same prints or the same colors “touch”.
She took her job very seriously and felt really proud of herself for doing it so well. This mama is super proud too :)
When the blocks were made she helped me with the big layout on the dining room floor. My little foible turned the exercise into more of a puzzle. We had fun finding problems and trying to solve them. (You know, when you switch two blocks to fix one layout problem, only to create another somewhere else. And so on.) That took us a while and in the end, we lost the battle - as I usually do. So I explained to her that despite my silly little rule, sometimes you just gotta roll with it baby!
Next - the dreaded free-motion top-stitching ... gulp. See you Friday!