Fabrics for Plan C
With all the issues with fabric combinations and choices, yardage quantities, and layout problems for my Heart Builders tops, I ended up making three tops for them.
Plan A was to use just the fabrics they sent and make one top:
Fabrics provided by Heart Builders
Plan B was to use their focus fabric and a different light blue background, because there wasn't enough of the light blues they sent for the background I needed here.
Plan B Top
Plan B Part 2 was to use the light blue fabrics they sent, with some other fabrics from stash. Unfortunately as I tried to lay them out, the darks didn't play nicely with the light blues. I had a lot of large dark triangles left over.
Fabrics for Plan B Part 2
I didn't want the cut parts to go to waste, so Plan C was hatched. Adding a third dark, and some more lights, improved the palette. In the right proportions, with the right layout, these high-contrast fabrics work well together. The dark stripe, the ombre stripe, and the white linen stripe are recycled shirts. I especially like how the ombre stripe reads as a dark, but because it's such a bold pattern, it adds so much more interest than a solid-ish fabric would.
Voila, Plan C Top!
Plan C Top. 44" x 60"
I like how Plan C turned out. It's actually my favorite of the three!
When Heart Builders sent the fabrics, they specifically requested a top for older boys. Apparently they get many more girly and little boy tops than they do tops for older boys, so that's their greatest need.
I've contacted Heart Builders and now I'm waiting for them to send me the address where to ship these tops for quilting. Eventually the finished quilts will go to kids who are experiencing some sort of health crisis or upheaval such as transition into foster care.
I'm happy to send three tops instead of just one. I'm counting these tops toward my lifetime personal goal of making 100 donation quilts for kids. I'm almost up to 50 now, I think.
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