This is part of a year-long series of posts about the quilts from Modern Patchwork. I'm highlighting a different quilt each month, and will be remaking either a regular size or mini quilt version of each of the book quilts. Click here to see all of the posts.
Today, I'm going to walk through my fabric choices for the Metropolis quilt and mini quilts in Modern Patchwork with the hope that it will help you to make fabric choices for your own quilt or mini quilt.
- Block Units 1 and 2 are the background, for which I used cool sea green solid fabrics.
- Block Units 3, 5, 7, and 9 are the horizontal bars, for which I used warm gold and brown fabrics.
- Block Units 4, 6, and 8 are the vertical bars, for which I used multicolor print fabrics.
Note: Half of the blocks in the quilt are rotated 90°.
In this mini quilt, I used a complementary color scheme or orange and blue with all of the vertical bars (including the background) made with orange fabrics and the horizontal bars made with blue fabrics:
- Block Units 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8 are the vertical bars, for which I used orange fabrics.
- Block Units 3, 5, 7, and 9 are the horizontal bars, for which I used blue fabrics.
In this mini quilt, I used gray solids for the background and violet solids and black and white prints for horizontal and vertical bars. Unlike the other two examples, I didn't divide up the fabrics based on whether they would be running horizontally or vertically in the finished block.
- Block Units 1 and 2 are the background, for which I used gray solid fabrics.
- Block Units 3, 4, 5, and 9 are made with violet solid fabrics.
- Block Units 6, 7, and 8 are made with black and white print fabrics.
- Block Unit 1 = 6-3/4" x 11-3/4"
- Block Unit 2 = 4-3/4" x 11-3/4"
- Block Unit 3 = 1-3/4" x 11"
- Block Unit 4 = 3-1/2" x 12-1/2"
- Block Unit 5 = 2" x 13-1/2"
- Block Unit 6 = 1-1/2" x 13-1/2"
- Block Unit 7 = 2" x 14"
- Block Unit 8 = 1=2-1/2" x 14-1/2"
- Block Unit 9 = 2" x 15-1/2"
Instructions for piecing the blocks are on Pages 11-12 of Modern Patchwork. The mini quilts were made with a single block bordered by 2-1/2" strips of neutral solid fabric to create negative space.
ETA: My travel obligations this summer are crazy and, rather than rush the finish of this project, I'm going to show the last two posts to you when I'm back in town at the beginning of August. I'm so very sorry for the delay!