And by start, I definitely mean the *very* beginning stages!
I have a couple quilts for little ones I need to make, and I decided to do a bit of a space theme. I had drawn some outlines on paper of what I wanted to do, but really wanted to see what it would look like to scale. Enter blue tape, center stage.
The Earth needs to be a bit bigger…
The quilt is set up to measure a wee 36″ x 42″, but I think that should be plenty. Borders might be added, but that will be decided at the end. I am really liking the starts of this, and am itching to get started. But I’m stuck!
I can’t figure out how to piece it. I don’t know whether to:
a) Piece a scrappy dark blue background and applique the moon, the rocket, the stars & the earth on top of the background? I definitely think this is the easiest way to do it, but it doesn’t really excite me.
b) Piece a scrappy dark blue background and piece in some wonky stars ala Gwen Marston and piece in everything else as well, also drawing from Ruth McDowell’s piecing techniques? Anyone who has followed me for any amount of time knows I *LOVE* that sort of piecing, but also have yet to attempt it myself. I think this could be wonderful, but I haven’t been able to sketch up how to do it exactly, and it could make this little quilt difficult to make.
On the left, I have sketched out a background of alternating dark blue nine-patches & liberated stars with plain squares. This is the background I’m leaning toward. Piecing in everything will be difficult though — especially the land masses on Earth. The radiating background on the right – with *everything* just appliqued on – would definitely be easier!
c) Some combo of the 2 above. Maybe piece the scrappy blue background and the wonky stars and maybe the moon, but feel free to applique on the earth and rocket? I worry about the mix of techniques and that it will seem disjointed, but perhaps I’m overthinking it. Lots of quilts combine piecing and applique!
You can see here some more of my beginning sketches — I considered doing a sun & planet quilt too, but decided against that. You can see I’d also like to put a little guy in the rocket.
In the meantime, while I stew over this on my design wall, I’ve been busy cutting up some scrappy sashing and cornerstones to make 2 quilts for Quilts of Valor from some blocks my Mom and I made years ago. They will make up some great quilts for some wounded soldiers, so definitely important work, and will show up on this blog eventually.