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I had a long list of goals for this month; other than prep for and teach the Cut and Shuffle class, everything else has changed.
I'm a member of the Charity Committee in PCQ. Each member has a role, and mine is planning for sew days when we'll be making Kid quilts in March, 2-1/2" strip (jelly roll) quilts for adults in April, and quilts for older boys in May. So I took a careful look at the fabrics the club has available and tried to figure out what we can do with what we have. We have lots of dark and dated prints suitable for adults, lots of florals, some juvenile prints, and a few themed or novelty prints like fishing, vegetables, etc. What we don't have much of is light neutrals, and without light colors for contrast, it's almost impossible to make any pattern work. So I talked with the chair of the committee, and she ordered some flat fold cuts of light neutrals.
Last month I presented some simple patten concepts to the committee, and I've been writing them up so we can use them for kits for sew days. Members of the committee are pattern testing, and I've made the first two samples as well. The plan is to post them on the club's website so everyone has access to them; they can download a PDF and use them as needed.
The first pattern the committee liked is simple color bars arranged in a basketweave pattern. We have such a random collection of fabrics in all sizes, so this will work well for us to die cut and kit up. It works for kids and adults.
A couple of the girls on the committee have been pattern testing. So far so good. The plan is to have all four patterns ready to post to the website and send them all to the webmaster at the same time so she can deal with them all at once. The other two patterns will also involve strips, because that's how we can make the best use of the variety of fabrics the club has. Stay tuned...