My progress on the Dad's Plaids quilt this week included getting what I thought were all the curved pieces cut. Somehow while laying it out, however, I came up short.
(Ha-ha! The people who know me in real life are thinking that's a first. It's land of the giants up in here. This one can't count.)
Besides making more strip strata to address said deficit, I also decided I needed a design wall. One that is perpendicular to the floor, that is. I have, up until now, laid all my quilts out on the living room floor. I did make myself a small portable flannel board (out of a foam-backed Marjolein Bastin print and a flannel sheet from Goodwill, if you're wondering), which I can prop up here or there in the sewing room and fit a couple of blocks on at a time, but it's pretty small. Not a wall, in any case.
So I cleared a wall in the laundry room, which is around the corner from the sewing room. The lighting isn't great, but it'll have to do because it's basically the only option available.
I bought a couple yards of flannel-backed tablecloth vinyl from Jo-Ann with a 50% off coupon ($6 total) and a package of push-pins. This is probably a temporary thing until I can do a proper job of covering a couple large pieces of insulation foam with batting and Velcro that system to the wall. Also, I should repaint the wall. As well as I procrastinate, you should look for that in, oh, 2016. Maybe.
Here are some of the DP pieces laid out on the wall. With all the variety of color and light/dark stuff going on, I knew I'd have to play around before I sewed anything together. In general, though, I like where it's going!
I have to modify a few pieces where there's a light or dark strip in a particular spot where there should be the opposite (see circled areas below, for example).
I knew they were there when I cut the pieces out, but I wasn't thinking it'd be a big deal and would add interest. Turns out some are a little too interesting and my eye is drawn to those areas. So a little seam ripping and resewing is in order. No biggie.
I have around 18 DP blocks sewn together so far. You know what? I love sewing curves!