So, I've decided to take part in an online quilt circle, Workshop in Progress, hosted by Cheryl of Naptime Quilter. I'm so excited! And nervous.
I've been playing with lots of different ideas over the past year, and am overwhelmed by the distance between my vision and my resources (skills, time, available fabric, money to buy new fabric). I don't need to go into all that but will stick with what's in front of me.
Over the past two years I've accumulated a small stash of fat quarters, and then last spring I put together a bunch of them in an approximate Urban Amish pattern (since I made all the strips the same width). I'm glad now that I didn't do a true Urban Amish since I don't like the combinations and will spend the next couple of weeks of train time undoing them, but at least by having all the strips the same width I can easily reuse them for another pattern, I'm thinking a Nine Patch. Once I get the seams undone I can play around better with the design.
My batting is a size called "craft," 34x45". I had wanted the "baby" size but also knew that I wanted to work with this brand (I love the feel and color and have read such good reviews) and this is what they had in the store at the time I could go. At first I was disappointed but as I started laying out possible designs I realized this was the best choice for me for a first quilt. Small!
My next free day for machine sewing is in a couple of weeks (my toddler makes it hard for me to use it when awake and I don't dare run it during his increasingly spare naptime), so by then I need to have my seams undone, a design chosen, and fabric cut. I won't get another machine day until March. For this and other reasons I'm planning to just use a whole-cloth backing.
I have my seam ripper and my graph paper out --- time to get started!